Exploring cancer support needs for older African-American men with prostate cancer

Randy Jones, Jennifer Wenzel, Ivora Hinton, Michael Cary, Naomi R. Jones, Sharon Krumm, Jean G. Ford

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore cancer support and financial issues related to cancer care experienced by African-American men with prostate cancer and to understand whom they relied on for resource issues during diagnosis and treatment. Methods: This is a descriptive qualitative study of 23 rural and urban 65 years old and older African-American prostate cancer survivors. Five focus groups were conducted containing African-American prostate cancer survivors who were recruited from community-based centers (e.g., churches, barbershops, diners, and primary care clinics) in central Virginia and Maryland. Focus group discussions were audiotaped, transcribed, and coded. Data were organized and managed using a qualitative analysis software program. Emerging themes uncovered specific problems for older rural African-American men with cancer, and focus group data were examined for potential solutions to these problems. Results: Two common themes emerged: (1) family and physician support are important, and (2) insurance is a necessity for appropriate health care. A difference between rural and urban African-American prostate cancer survivors emerged as well: difference in spirituality during diagnosis and treatment. Conclusions: Rural and urban African-American prostate cancer survivors' major support resource was their wives. Health insurance played a critical role as a support source by decreasing anxiety and financial hardships. Understanding rural and urban African-American prostate cancer survivors' support needs and challenges in relation to cancer diagnosis and treatment will allow nurses and other health-care providers to tailor cancer health plans more effectively for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1411-1419
Number of pages9
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
Volume19
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

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Keywords

  • African-American
  • Prostate cancer survivors
  • Rural
  • Support needs and challenges
  • Support resource
  • Urban

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  • Oncology

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Exploring cancer support needs for older African-American men with prostate cancer. / Jones, Randy; Wenzel, Jennifer; Hinton, Ivora; Cary, Michael; Jones, Naomi R.; Krumm, Sharon; Ford, Jean G.

In: Supportive Care in Cancer, Vol. 19, No. 9, 09.2011, p. 1411-1419.

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Jones, Randy ; Wenzel, Jennifer ; Hinton, Ivora ; Cary, Michael ; Jones, Naomi R. ; Krumm, Sharon ; Ford, Jean G. / Exploring cancer support needs for older African-American men with prostate cancer. In: Supportive Care in Cancer. 2011 ; Vol. 19, No. 9. pp. 1411-1419.
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