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Self-perceived physical, psychologic, and general symptoms in survivors of testicular cancer 3 to 13 years after treatment
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Welfare and Care (IVV), Science in Nursing.
2002 (English)In: Cancer Nursing, ISSN 0162-220X, Vol. 25, no 3, 187-195 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Due to the large group of patients with advanced testicular cancer now being cured, it is important to identify the men who are at risk of deteriorated health. The purposes of this study were: (1) to delineate and compare frequency of self-perceived physical, psychologic, and general symptoms in men treated for testicular cancer with those of a general population sample and (2) to compare self-perceived physical, psychologic, and general symptoms in relation to secondary Raynaud phenomena, sexual dysfunction, infertility, and self-perceived attractiveness in different treatment modalities. The subjects were 277 survivors of testicular cancer (M = 42.2 years) who had completed a self-reported questionnaire (75.5% response rate). A population survey comprising 392 men was used as a comparison group (M = 45 years). The result demonstrated that although survivors of testicular cancer as a group reported significantly less frequency of backache, leg pain, cough, and eye problems than did the general population sample, they described that they significantly more often felt cold. Men reporting secondary Raynaud phenomena, infertility, and/or feeling less attractive had experienced significantly more self-perceived symptoms. Oncologist nurses could play an important role in psychologic counseling for those men.

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2002. Vol. 25, no 3, 187-195 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-28115Local ID: 12926OAI: diva2:248666
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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