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Curr Urol Rep. 2002 Jun;3(3):239-43.

Quality-of-life differences among various populations of localized prostate cancer patients: 2001.

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Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


An increasing number of studies are being published on the impact of localized prostate cancer on patient quality of life. Research suggests that the majority of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer return to pretreatment levels of general quality of life within 1 year after treatment. However, sexual, urinary, and bowel symptoms continue to be an issue for many patients beyond 1 year post-treatment. Focusing on psychologic impacts and social functioning, in addition to physical symptoms, may provide useful avenues for improving patient quality of life. We also discuss emerging evidence of racial and/or ethnic disparities in prostate cancer-related quality of life, the role of social networks and support in recovery and adjustment, as well as the impact of cancer recurrence.

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