Anxiety and Depression, Effects of Prostate Surgery

While it is known that virtually all surgeries to those people someone psychological effects in patients, a study from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, confirmed that in the case of surgery to remove prostate cancer, are most prominent anxiety events significant after one year of surgery.

These high levels of anxiety can lead to depression and low sexual satisfaction, say U.S. researchers Clinic. His recent study, published in the online edition of Psycho-Oncology, suggests that men who experience high levels of “anxiety attributed to cancer” after prostate surgery may benefit from counseling addressed their concerns and improve their quality of life.

“The survival rate at 10 years for a man who undergoes surgery to remove a cancer localized in the prostate is greater than 95%. Since most men who undergo prostatectomy for prostate cancer will die of the disease, our concern is with the kind of life that these patients take decades after diagnosis and treatment, “says researcher of the study, Alexander Parker, an associate professor of epidemiology and urology.

Although prostate cancer can be a serious threat, most men who are diagnosed with this disease do not die from it. According to the American Cancer Society (American Cancer Society), over 2.5 million men in the United States, at least those who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer are still alive.

“The odds of survival for long periods of time after prostate surgery are very high,” says the surgeon and co-author of the study, Gregory Broderick, professor of urology. “That means that many men are living as survivors of prostate cancer, and we at Mayo Clinic are committed to understanding the factors that affect their quality of life, not merely the quantity of life.”
Dr. Broderick presented these results at the joint meeting of Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the International Society for Sexual Medicine this summer in Chicago.

Data from studies of patients with other cancers have shown that anxiety can significantly affect the quality of life of a person. “Our study is the first to demonstrate that specific anxiety for men with prostate cancer a year after surgery are more likely to report low levels of sexual satisfaction and higher levels of depressive symptoms,” says Dr. Parker. In their research, the doctors examined data from 365 men who, a year after surgery, completed a form designed to measure their levels of anxiety about their diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The men also completed questionnaires to measure their levels of erectile function, sexual satisfaction and depression.