Perceptions of masculinity and self-image in adolescent and young adult testicular cancer survivors: Implications for romantic and sexual relationships

Melissa Y. Carpentier, J. Fortenberry, Mary Ott, Mary J. Brames, Lawrence Einhorn

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Abstract

Objective: To examine adolescent and young adult (AYA) testicular cancer survivors' subjective understanding of the impact of cancer in adolescence and young adulthood, with a particular emphasis on romantic and sexual relationships. Methods: Twenty-one AYA testicular cancer survivors, aged 18 to 34 years, were recruited from outpatient testicular cancer follow-up clinics and completed a semi-structured qualitative interview that assessed the impact of testicular cancer on their romantic and sexual relationships. Results: Four themes were identified that reflected survivors' understanding of the impact of cancer in adolescence and young adulthood: (1) embarrassment leads to delays in care-seeking, (2) testicular cancer makes you feel different from others, (3) being different from others makes you damaged goods, and (4) cancer disclosure is difficult. Conclusions: As these themes represent important components of being in a romantic/sexual relationship, either currently or in the future, AYA testicular cancer survivors would benefit from the development of tailored interventions focused on improving these relevant domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738-745
Number of pages8
JournalPsycho-Oncology
Volume20
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2011

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Masculinity
Testicular Neoplasms
Survivors
Young Adult
Neoplasms
Disclosure
Outpatients
Interviews

Keywords

  • masculinity
  • oncology
  • qualitative
  • romantic relationships
  • self-image
  • testicular cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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