A Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Studies Exploring Men's Sense of Masculinity Post–Prostate Cancer Treatment
Alexis, Obrey, PhD, MSc, BSc, RN; Worsley, Aaron James, BA
"Treatment for prostate cancer has mostly focused on preventing the disease. Our meta-synthesis has delved into the psychological and sexual impact wrought on men after they have been treated. By synthesising data across a number of qualitative studies, the findings in this article will add to the body of knowledge about how men conceptualize their masculine identities post prostate cancer treatment. The study can aid in developing strategies and interventions tailored to meet men's needs.
This study has certainly been an eye-opening and revealing insight into masculinity and the mental anguish that can befall those who don't fit into the narrow definition. We were able to discern the psychological, physical, and sexual impact as a consequence of treatment, and how this linked to cultural norms that depict how men are expected to behave. Not only does this shine a light on the holistic needs of men recovering from prostate cancer, but it further reveals how patriarchal masculine values are damaging for the mental state of all men.
Our current research is investigating the postoperative effects of prostate cancer treatment on gay and bisexual men, an area that has received little attention."
--Mr. Worsley on his paper, "A Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Studies Exploring Men's Sense of Masculinity Post–Prostate Cancer Treatment," published in CANCER NURSING Volume 41, Issue 4. The article may be viewed below without a subscription.