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Stress coping strategies in malignant diseases among women diagnosed with breast cancer and men diagnosed with prostate cancer

Agata Wolanin
DOI: 10.5603/PMPI.2021.0026

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Introduction: Coping with cancer aims at the adaptation to the disease and its treatment. The study aimed to indicate which coping strategies in cancer are used most frequently among women diagnosed with breast cancer and men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Its other aim was to check if there are any gender differences in the use of coping strategies.

Patients and methods: The study involved 90 patients receiving radiotherapy due to the diagnosis of breast cancer or prostate cancer. To measure cancer coping strategies, Mini-COPE and Mini-MAC questionnaires were used.

Results. The most frequently used coping strategies were as follows: active coping, acceptance, use of emotional support, behavioral disengagement, turning to religion, positive reframing and fighting spirit.

Conclusions. Women diagnosed with breast cancer used venting more frequently, while men diagnosed with prostate cancer more often than women use the strategy of self-distraction.

Abstract

Introduction: Coping with cancer aims at the adaptation to the disease and its treatment. The study aimed to indicate which coping strategies in cancer are used most frequently among women diagnosed with breast cancer and men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Its other aim was to check if there are any gender differences in the use of coping strategies.

Patients and methods: The study involved 90 patients receiving radiotherapy due to the diagnosis of breast cancer or prostate cancer. To measure cancer coping strategies, Mini-COPE and Mini-MAC questionnaires were used.

Results. The most frequently used coping strategies were as follows: active coping, acceptance, use of emotional support, behavioral disengagement, turning to religion, positive reframing and fighting spirit.

Conclusions. Women diagnosed with breast cancer used venting more frequently, while men diagnosed with prostate cancer more often than women use the strategy of self-distraction.

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Keywords

breast cancer, prostate cancer, stress, coping with stress

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Stress coping strategies in malignant diseases among women diagnosed with breast cancer and men diagnosed with prostate cancer

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

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Ahead of Print

Article type

Research paper

Published online

2021-09-06

DOI

10.5603/PMPI.2021.0026

Keywords

breast cancer
prostate cancer
stress
coping with stress

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Agata Wolanin

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