Men's experience of a guided self-help intervention for hot flushes associated with prostate cancer treatment

E.A Grunfeld, M.S Hunter, O Yousaf

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Up to 80s engagement with support to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. This qualitative study was embedded within a larger randomised controlled trial (MANCAN) of a guided self-help cognitive behavioural intervention to manage hot flushes resulting among men receiving androgen deprivation therapy. The study aimed to explore the engagement and experiences with the guided self-help intervention. Twenty men recruited from the treatment arm of the MANCAN trial participated in a semi-structured interview exploring acceptability of the intervention, factors affecting engagement and perceived usefulness of the intervention. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using a Framework approach. Over two thirds of respondents (69 reported reading the intervention booklet in full and over 90ordinate themes and these related to changes in hot flush symptomatology (learned to cope with hot flushes in new ways), the skills that participants had derived from the intervention (promoting relaxation and reducing stressors), and to a broader usefulness of the intervention (broader impact of the intervention and skills). The present study identified positive engagement with a guided self-help intervention and that men applied the skills developed through the intervention to help them undertake general lifestyle changes. Psycho-educational interventions (e.g. cognitive behaviour therapy, relaxation, and positive lifestyle elements) offer the potential to be both effective and well received by male cancer survivors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-433
Number of pages9
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


  • prostate cancer
  • androgen deprivation therapy
  • hot flushes
  • cognitive behavioural therapy


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