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Psychooncology. 2011 Jul;20(7):738-45. doi: 10.1002/pon.1772. Epub 2010 May 20.

Perceptions of masculinity and self-image in adolescent and young adult testicular cancer survivors: implications for romantic and sexual relationships.

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  • 1Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA. myc@iupui.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine adolescent and young adult (AYA) testicular cancer survivors' subjective understanding of the impact of cancer in adolescence and young adulthood, with a particular emphasis on romantic and sexual relationships.

METHODS:

Twenty-one AYA testicular cancer survivors, aged 18 to 34 years, were recruited from outpatient testicular cancer follow-up clinics and completed a semi-structured qualitative interview that assessed the impact of testicular cancer on their romantic and sexual relationships.

RESULTS:

Four themes were identified that reflected survivors' understanding of the impact of cancer in adolescence and young adulthood: (1) embarrassment leads to delays in care-seeking, (2) testicular cancer makes you feel different from others, (3) being different from others makes you damaged goods, and (4) cancer disclosure is difficult.

CONCLUSIONS:

As these themes represent important components of being in a romantic/sexual relationship, either currently or in the future, AYA testicular cancer survivors would benefit from the development of tailored interventions focused on improving these relevant domains.

Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

PMID:
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PMCID:
PMC3360577
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