Project: The Achilles’ Heel of Men – Prostate cancer and men’s physical and mental health in old age
Although there is a growing literature on masculinity and prostate cancer in the social sciences, the field of research on prostate cancer and other prostatic problems are mainly found in medicine and the biomedical literature. Treatment and rehabilitation from illness, however, affects the individual more holistically. Combining sexual medicine with phenomenological and sociological studies can generate important insights in formal as well as informal care, and thus create means for improved quality of life for men living with, or treated for prostate cancer, and their families.
Project manager Jesper Andreasson Other project members Thomas Johansson, Göteborgs universitet; Carina Danemalm-Jägervall, Central Hospital in Växjö (Region Kronoberg) Participating organizations Linnaeus University, Gothenburg University, Region Kronoberg Financier Vinnova Timetable 1 Jan 2022–31 Dec 2024 Subject Sport Science (Department of Sport Science, Faculty of Social Sciences)
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This project aims to investigate how men (65 years and older) describe their experiences of living with prostate cancer and its treatment, and how they in relation to the problems and predicaments that this condition brings, construct their identities, health and well-being in daily life. In the project, we will initially talk to urologists to get a picture of how men with prostate cancer are approached and met in counselling. Following this, the main part of the project will – from a salutogenic approach – analyse how men with prostate cancer develop strategies to handle their life situation and the treatment of their condition.
The focus will be on both phenomenological aspects of prostate cancer – how the disease affects men’s self perception and lifestyles – and on sociological aspects, that is how gender and masculinity is understood and negotiated in social situations/interactions with, for example, partners and care professionals.
The project will utilize a qualitative and phenomenological approach to the research consisting of four related work packages (WP) conducted over the course of 3 years. We will conduct interviews with both professional urologists, and men with prostate cancer. We will also conduct group interviews through so-called memory exercises