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Assessing the information and support needs of radical prostate cancer patients and acceptability of a group-based treatment review: a questionnaire and qualitative interview study

  • Munisha Chauhan (a1), Patricia Holch (a2) (a3) and Catherine Holborn (a4)

Current literature suggests the information and support needs of oncology patients undergoing radical radiotherapy to the prostate often remain unmet and can impact quality of life. We aimed to explore the effectiveness of delivery and opportunities for service improvement, including a group-based treatment review.


A total of 60 prostate patients completing radical radiotherapy (mean age 70, range 47–79) in a UK cancer-centre completed a self-designed questionnaire assessing information and support. To explore views on a group-based treatment review, 11% took part in a semi-structured interview. Descriptive data were computed and interviews transcribed and analysed thematically.


In all, 87% were satisfied with information and support when delivered by radiographers. However, 26% were only ‘sometimes’ able to complete bladder-filling, suggesting information regarding treatment delays would improve this. In total, 49% preferred both Doctor and Urology nurse reviews whereas 26% preferred nurse only; 70% stated their ‘concerns were always addressed’ by a nurse and 49% by a Doctor. Interviews revealed that a group review was generally acceptable with peer support an influencing factor.


Overall patients felt their needs were being met. Suggestions for improvement (more information on preparation, side effects and delays) will be implemented locally. Future work will explore the feasibility of group reviews in patients undergoing radical radiotherapy to the prostate.

Corresponding author
Correspondence to: Patricia Holch, Leeds Beckett University Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Room 815 Calverley Building, City Campus, West Yorkshire, LS1 3HE, UK. Tel: +004407506751960. E-mail:
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