Prostate Cancer: Psychosocial Issues and Methods of Promoting Adaptation
3 CE Credits
Prostate cancer (PRCA) is a difficult diagnosis for patients and families because of the complexity of medical treatment options as well as the physical, psychological, and social adjustments that are associated with it. This course begins by examining the medical treatment decision-making issues patients’ face and the resulting physical, psychological, and social sequelae of the treatment decision. Issues associated with quality-of-life, psychosexual impact of treatment, identity, and gender-specific coping mechanisms are presented. Lastly a review of the behavioral treatment techniques and modalities that have demonstrated efficacy in facilitating patient and family adjustment is provided.
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- State the U.S. prevalence and mortality rates for PRCA.
- Indicate three primary medical treatments for PRCA & potential patient-based decision-making issues.
- Describe two coping styles frequently employed by PRCA patients.
- Identify the prevalence of two psychiatric disorders within newly diagnosed PRCA patients.
- Employ three behavioral interventions to assist coping among PRCA patients and their families.