Caregiver emotional burden in testicular cancer patients: From patient to caregiver support

Silvia De Padova, Chiara Casadei, Alejandra Berardi, Tatiana Bertelli, Alessia Filograna, Maria Concetta Cursano, Cecilia Menna, Salvatore Luca Burgio, Amelia Altavilla, Giuseppe Schepisi, Sabrina Prati, Sandra Montalti, Michal Chovanec, Giuseppe Luigi Banna, Luigi Grassi, Michal Mego, Ugo De Giorgi

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Abstract

Testicular cancer is the most common tumor in young males aged 15–40 years. The overall cure rate for men with testicular cancer is >90%, so a huge number of these patients will become testicular cancer survivors. These people may feel some stress in the experience of diagnosis, treatment, and consequences that affects the quality of life, and during follow-up, especially when new issues and emotional distresses appear over time, such as late side-effects of treatments and emotional challenges including fear of tumor relapse, fertility and sexuality concerns, and social and workplace issues. The cancer experience has an impact not only on patients, but also on their relatives (e.g., spouses, parents, or siblings), who often have to assume a caregiving role for the duration of and following treatment for cancer. Moreover, the caregiver plays an important role in supporting a man with a testicular cancer, providing physical and emotional care. This review presents a summary of existing knowledge regarding the impact and the burden of testicular cancer on caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number318
JournalFrontiers in Endocrinology
Volume10
Issue numberMAY
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Caregiver
  • Long-term survivors
  • Patients
  • Testicular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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    De Padova, S., Casadei, C., Berardi, A., Bertelli, T., Filograna, A., Cursano, M. C., Menna, C., Burgio, S. L., Altavilla, A., Schepisi, G., Prati, S., Montalti, S., Chovanec, M., Banna, G. L., Grassi, L., Mego, M., & De Giorgi, U. (2019). Caregiver emotional burden in testicular cancer patients: From patient to caregiver support. Frontiers in Endocrinology, 10(MAY), [318]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fendo.2019.00318