Prof Jane Ussher University of Western Sydney
It is estimated that 600 – 1000 Australian gay men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. This study aims to examine the psychological burden of changes to sexual wellbeing, sexual identity and intimate relationships in gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer and their male partners. Sexuality and intimacy are important aspects of an individual’s Quality of Life, with changes to sexual functioning, relationships, and sense of self reported to be among the most negative influences on the wellbeing of men with prostate cancer. However, the focus of previous research has been heterosexual men, with gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer being described as an “invisible diversity”, or a “hidden population”. This has led to a plea for research on the impact of potentially important differences in sexuality, identity, and intimate relationships on gay and bisexual men’s experience of prostate cancer, which can be used to inform health education and health promotion, as well as lead to targeted psycho-social interventions.
This project was funded by Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and is a collaboration between UWS and Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group (ANZUP). This research has received formal ethics approval from University of Western Sydney, ACON and Victoria AIDS Council (VAC).
This study is no longer recruiting participants.