Quality of life of men with biochemical recurrance of prostate cancer

Steven C. Ames, Winston Tan, Gretchen E. Ames, Ronald L. Stone, Thomas D. Rizzo, Michael G. Heckman, Juliana Crook, Matthew M Clark, Teresa A. Rummans, Chudley E. Werch

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This investigation evaluated the psychological needs of men (n = 28) with biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer. A mixed qualitative-quantitative approach was employed. The qualitative component consisted of focus groups and the quantitative component included administration of standardized measures assessing quality of life (QOL), anxiety, and mood. Participants reported substantial anxiety and other negative moods secondary to prostate cancer. Responses from the quantitative instruments suggest participants experience significant health problems specific to prostate cancer, while their general QOL is superior to other chronically ill medical populations. In contrast to the qualitative data, participants rated their mood as favorable on the quantitative measures. Data were used to guide development of a novel QOL intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-34
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 8 2008



  • Biochemical recurrence
  • Prostate cancer
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Oncology
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Ames, S. C., Tan, W., Ames, G. E., Stone, R. L., Rizzo, T. D., Heckman, M. G., Crook, J., Clark, M. M., Rummans, T. A., & Werch, C. E. (2008). Quality of life of men with biochemical recurrance of prostate cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 26(2), 17-34. https://doi.org/10.1300/J077v26n02_02