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Changed men: the embodied impact of prostate cancer

Kelly, Daniel M. 2009. Changed men: the embodied impact of prostate cancer. Qualitative Health Research 19 (2) , pp. 151-163. 10.1177/1049732308328067

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Prostate cancer is a uniquely problematic male health issue. Findings from a study employing an ethnographic approach are presented to describe the ways in which 14 men's lives were changed as a result of this experience. The theoretical basis of the study centered on embodiment to explore the personal impact of prostate cancer, its treatment, and its side effects. The findings suggest that cancer was experienced sequentially, beginning at the time of diagnosis with the problematizing of the normally “silent” male body. This trajectory of experience progressed to emphasize the importance placed on treatment side effects, embodied vulnerability, and the impact of the cancer on men's “embodied” lives. In this article, I focus on the final phase of the illness experience and illustrate how the men confronted existential threat alongside physical changes, and the way each change resulted in a new outlook on life and its priorities following cancer.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: cancer; psychosocial aspects; death and dying; embodiment/bodily experiences; illness and disease; experiences; men's health; recovery; sexual health; sexuality
Publisher: Sage Publications
ISSN: 1049-7323
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:53

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