Early Interventions for Distress Beneficial for Prostate Cancer Patients

New research from the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute has identified factors associated with higher levels of distress among prostate cancer patients. These include lacking confidence about which course of treatment to pursue; concerns regarding how the cancer will progress; and a tendency to be less optimistic and resilient.

The researchers’ findings also suggest that providing support for emotional distress early may spark better communication between providers and patients, and prevent psychological issues persisting beyond treatment.

The study was published in the journal Psycho-Oncology.