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This is a prospective evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program's group therapy program, Living with Prostate Cancer (LPC). LPC is an intervention which utilizes a small group format (5-7 participants with 2 leaders and a paraprofessional counselling student) to understand and learn how to manage emotional responses, depressive symptoms, and life stressors associated with prostate cancer. Data for this evaluation will be derived from a focus group (at 3 months) and self-report questionnaires that participants will complete immediately prior to the intervention, immediately following the intervention and at 3, 6, and 12-months post-intervention.

Clinical Trial Description

The Vancouver Prostate Centre's (VPCs) PCSC Program is designed to address the gap in supportive care for men with prostate cancer (PC), their partners and their families. The evaluation protocol described here is specific to the program called "Living with Prostate Cancer" (LPC) from the Psychooncology module of the PCSC Program. The specific rationale for this module is that many cancer patients will experience significant anxiety or depression at some point along their cancer journey. The module includes private, confidential clinic appointments for PC patients and their spouses/partners, either separately or together, with our registered clinical counsellor, to explore how to cope with difficult emotions such as fear, anxiety, sadness, helplessness, and other signs of emotional distress. The module is now being expanded to include small group discussions. LPC is a group therapy program in which men participate in a guided autobiographical life review through a process that focuses on developing a cohesive working group, learning strategic communication skills, and understanding and learning how to manage difficult emotions and transitional life stressors associated with PC. It also focuses on the processing and integrating of critical events that contribute to the men's present day identity and psychological function and involves the consolidation of the personal learning that occurs. It shifts the focus on transitioning into the future by developing specific individual, family and/or career goals that are reinforced by ongoing support from peers in the group. Finally, post-group referral plans are developed on an individual basis as needed.

The group therapy program includes men with a diagnosis of PC Stages 1 to 3. We will administer validated quantitative tools to assess depression and anxiety, general psychological functioning, and male role norms (masculinity) before, after, and at 3, 6, and 12-months following the program. The meeting 3 months after the program will include a focus group process. ;

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NCT number NCT03177759
Study type Observational
Source Vancouver Prostate Centre
Status Completed
Start date September 9, 2016
Completion date August 31, 2019

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