Exploring men's experiences of penile cancer surgery to improve rehabilitation

K. Bullen, S. Matthews, S. Edwards, V. Marke

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Penile cancer is an uncommon but serious cancer; in the UK 50% of patients undergo partial or complete penectomy resulting in far-reaching consequences.
To examine the impact of penectomy for men and make recommendations for rehabilitation and patient/carer support services.
A small-scale qualitative study using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was carried out. A purposive sample of men with penile cancer (n = 9) at least 18 months post surgery were recruited. A male researcher interviewed them.
Key themes were: the cancer journey; support and relationships; life stage and life review; and masculinity and self-image.
It is not unexpected to find that men should have changed life experiences following penile cancer surgery. However, the far-reaching and insidious nature of post-treatment changes reported here have implications for clinical practice and show that there is a need for further research in this area.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-24
Number of pages5
JournalNursing times
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2009


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