Understanding prostate cancer survivorship relative to co-habitation.
Presented at ASCO-GU 2016

Prostate Cancer – Advanced Disease

Genitourinary Cancer

2016 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium

Abstract No:

Poster Board Number:
Poster Session A (Board #L2)

J Clin Oncol 34, 2016 (suppl 2S; abstr 253)

Author(s): Darryl Mitteldorf

Abstract Disclosures

Background: Studies suggest that married men diagnosed with prostate cancer survive longer than single men. None of the published research shows why this might be the case. Nothing is known about how treatment choice satisfaction and aspects of the psycho-social experience might differ between single and married men. Our aim was to understand if there are any differences in key indicators which might influence survivorship between single and married or partnered men. Methods: 1,762 men diagnosed with prostate cancer completed a lengthy online survey during a one month in 2014. The men were randomly selected from a national Prostate Cancer support group network. We investigated compliance and satisfaction in their treatment choices, activities of life satisfaction, spirituality and overall life sentiment. We included questions relating to the length of time between diagnosis and the survey and the size and location of the respondents community. We stratified each question by whether or not a person lived alone or was married or partnered or lived in some other communal situation. Results: There were no significant differences in diagnosis years by living status. A higher proportion of people with prostate cancer who live alone get more than 3 days per week strenuous exercise than those who live in communal situations. 20.26% of men who live alone exercised seve