It has been estimated that somewhere between 97,, gay or bisexual men are living with a prostate cancer diagnosis in the United States alone, with roughly 39,, of these men being in committed male-male relationships. Some research has suggested that gay or bisexual men may have more significant impacts on their overall quality of life during or after treatment for prostate cancer which results in a prostate cancer health disparity. Some of these differences in quality of life when compared to heterosexual men may stem from communication issues between a gay or bisexual individual and their healthcare team , as well as a larger impact on sexual functioning for gay men with prostate cancer compared to heterosexual men with the condition. Much more research needs to be completed to determine the extent of the differences in quality of life between gay or bisexual men and heterosexual men, however, several issues have continued to appear in studies that exist so far. A common frustration reported by gay or bisexual men with prostate cancer is a lack of open communication with their healthcare providers and a lack of information geared to couples regardless of their sexual orientation. Fear of discrimination or the reluctance of gay and bisexual men to disclose sexuality with healthcare providers can be common, leading to treatment decisions that are not as optimal for the patient. Additionally, many men who would disclose their identity as a gay or bisexual man report that their doctor failed to ask about their sexual orientation or assumed they were heterosexual or not sexually active. If a man is not known as gay or as sexually active by their doctor, treatment options that decrease the strength of erections or remove the prostate may be pursued, both of which could have a more significant impact on quality of life for and identity for sexually active gay men than sexually active heterosexual men to be described more in the next section on sexual functioning. Also, many gay or bisexual men report that educational materials or literature on prostate cancer are geared toward heterosexual couples, especially when discussing the needs of sexual partners and the impact on sexual functioning. These feelings can then in turn lead to depression and anxiety, or a fear of asking a healthcare team about about gay or bisexual-related health concerns. If a man is fearful of discussing these issues, they may not...
This is for gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer and aims to provide information about important issues that men need to know relating to prostate cancer. It has been estimated that somewhere between 97,, gay or bisexual men are living with a prostate cancer diagnosis in the United States alone, with. PURPOSE: Gay men with prostate cancer are an 'invisible species' in the research literature despite concerns that the impact of treatment may. This booklet is for gay and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men. In many ways, prostate cancer and other prostate problems are the same for men. In many ways, prostate cancer and other prostate problems are the same for men whatever their sexuality – gay, bisexual or heterosexual. But if you are gay.
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