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Online Intervention Provides Couples Support After Prostate Cancer

Online Intervention Provides Couples Support After Prostate CancerScientists have developed a web-based intervention that could help couples coping with sexual dysfunction after a man’s prostate cancer treatment.

Sexual challenges are common for prostate cancer survivors. Many struggle with erectile dysfunction (ED). Fatigue, depression, and anxiety can dampen sexual interest. Men and their partners may miss the intimacy they once shared.

The online intervention was designed to help couples prepare for treatment-related side effects and to support their sexual recovery after treatment. It could be tailored to their needs and interests.

Over six months, the couples accessed six intervention modules online, including some videos. They also received occasional emails with coping strategies.  

After the entire online program, researchers interviewed 12 couples to get their thoughts and perspectives.

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