Newswire (Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Received: Friday, February 17, 2017, 5:02:56 AM CST)

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Recent Findings from University of Western Sydney Advance Knowledge in Prostate Cancer (Let's talk about gay sex: gay and bisexual men's sexual communication with healthcare professionals after prostate cancer)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Weekly -- Researchers detail new data in Oncology - Prostate Cancer. According to news reporting originating in Sydney, Australia, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Although sexual changes after prostate cancer (PCa) have specific meanings and consequences for gay and bisexual (GB) men, little is known about how GB men navigate sexual well-being support. We surveyed 124 GB men with PCa and 21 male partners, and interviewed a sub-sample of 46 GB men and 7 male partners, to examine GB men's experiences of sexual communication with healthcare professionals (HCPs) since the onset of PCa."

Financial support for this research came from Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (see also Oncology - Prostate Cancer).

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Western Sydney, "GB men perceived a number of deficits in HCPs communication: medical support dominated sexual and psychological support; heterosexuality of GB patients was often assumed; sexual orientation disclosure was problematic; and GB men perceived rejection or lack of interest and knowledge from a majority of HCPs with regard to gay sexuality and the impact of PCa on GB men. Facilitators of communication were acknowledgement of sexual orientation and exploration of the impact of PCa on GB men."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "In order to target improved support for GB men with PCa, it is concluded that HCPs need to address issues of hetero-centricism within PCa care by improving facilitation of sexual orientation disclosure, recognising that GB men with PCa might have specific sexual and relational needs, and increasing knowledge and comfort discussing gay sexuality and gay sexual practices."

For more information on this research see: Let's talk about gay sex: gay and bisexual men's sexual communication with healthcare professionals after prostate cancer. European Journal of Cancer Care, 2016;26(1):. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; European Journal of Cancer Care - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2354)

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting D. Rose, Centre for Health Research, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Additional authors for this research include J.M. Ussher and J. Perz.

Keywords for this news article include: Sydney, Oncology, Prostate Cancer, Prostatic Neoplasms, Australia and New Zealand.

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