This study aimed to explore the lived experience of adjustment to prostate cancer following diagnosis. A qualitative, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) approach was utilised. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews. A purposive sampling method recruited 8 participants from a North East of England based, patient-led prostate cancer support group. Participants were diagnosed with prostate cancer and had received a range of treatments. Participants ranged from 59-80 years of age, (mean age = 69), and time since diagnosis ranged from 13 months to 8 years. Data were analysed in accordance with an IPA approach. Four themes were generated: ‘Living with Uncertainty/PSA test worry’; ‘Renegotiating Masculinity’; ‘The Prostate Champion’ and ‘Humour’. Themes were related in their dynamic nature, which involved participants actively negotiating the adjustment process. The findings highlight the complex nature of the adjustment process to prostate cancer and provides in-depth insight into the barriers and facilitators participants experienced.
|Journal||Psychology of Men and Masculinity|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 21 Jul 2019|