A guided self-help intervention to alleviate hormone treatment side effects (i.e., hot flushes and night sweats) for prostate cancer survivors. Funded by Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the UK and the incidence rate has increased in the last 30 years, mainly due to improvements in detection of the disease. While the five-year survival rate in the UK is good, prostate cancer survivors face unwanted treatment side effects of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), used to help prevent prostate cancer reoccurrence.
Hot flushes and night sweats in men have been given limited attention by researchers to date. These treatment side effects can reduce quality of life by causing physical discomfort and sleep problems. Having developed an effective treatment without side effects for women with hot flushes (MENOS trials), we are now offering a similar intervention to men. Since May 2012, we have been testing this guided self-help cognitive behavioural treatment to help men with prostate cancer to manage their hot flushes and night sweats more effectively.
We are aiming to include 70 men in the hot flushes trial, and 40 men have already taken part so we are still aiming to recruit another 30 men. Participants are usually asked to come and see us at Guy’s Hospital (London Bridge) on 2-3 occasions. Half of the participants are given our hot flushes materials (which include a prostate cancer hot flushes booklet with advice, exercises, and relaxation techniques, as well as an audio CD with relaxation tracks aimed to reduce stress and thereby ameliorate the mental and physical effects of hot flushes) during their first visit. The other half of the participants are given the materials on their third visit.
For participation in MANCAN studies: If you are experiencing hot flushes and/or night sweats, and are interested in taking part in MANCAN, please contact:
Dr. Evgenia Stefanopoulou or Dr. Omar Yousaf.
Phone: 0207 188 9559.