Sexuality and exercise in men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer

Hamilton, K., Chambers, S. K., Legg, M., Oliffe, J. L. and Cormie, P. (2014) Sexuality and exercise in men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer. Supportive Care In Cancer, 23 1: 133-142. doi:10.1007/s00520-014-2327-8

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Author Hamilton, K.
Chambers, S. K.
Legg, M.
Oliffe, J. L.
Cormie, P.
Title Sexuality and exercise in men undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer
Journal name Supportive Care In Cancer   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0941-4355
1433-7339
Publication date 2014-07-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00520-014-2327-8
Open Access Status
Volume 23
Issue 1
Start page 133
End page 142
Total pages 10
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for the management of prostate cancer results in a range of side effects including sexual dysfunction. Exercise is proposed as a potentially effective therapy to counteract changes in sexual function. The current study explored the impact of ADT on men's sexuality and the effect of exercise on this experience.

Methods: Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 18 men (age = 63.1 ± 3.8) who were on ADT for prostate cancer for ≤12 months and who were part of a pre-existing exercise intervention trial.

Results: Sexual concerns for men included changes in body image, partner relationships, sex drive, sexual performance and masculinity. In coping with these concerns, men described a sense of personal acceptance of sexual changes through a shift in priorities and values away from penetrative sexual intercourse, knowledge and understanding about ADT, and partner support. Exercise in a group-based setting contributed to the acceptance of sexual changes through affirming strength-based aspects of masculinity and peer support.

Conclusion: Exercise appears to have utility as a strategy to assist men to manage the negative impact of ADT on sexuality and masculinity more broadly.
Keyword Androgen deprivation therapy
Exercise
Masculinity
Prostate Cancer
Sexuality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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