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Sexuality in the Context of Prostate Cancer Narratives

Klaeson, Kicki; Sandell, Kerstin LU and Bertero, Carina M. (2012) In Qualitative Health Research 22(9). p.1184-1194
Abstract
In this study we explored how men diagnosed with prostate cancer experienced their sexuality from a lifeworld perspective. One essential meaning was identified: "having the elixir of life stolen." This essential meaning had four constituents: "something that no longer exists," "the threat to manhood," "intimacy," and "staged manhood." The lifeworld for these men comprised the dynamic interaction between being deprived of their "life's elixir" and their ability to have and experience intimacy. The men were preoccupied with embodied experiences unfamiliar to them. They mourned the loss of sexuality in connection with their new life situation that threatened their identity. Their female partner was a great support, and with her the man could... (More)
In this study we explored how men diagnosed with prostate cancer experienced their sexuality from a lifeworld perspective. One essential meaning was identified: "having the elixir of life stolen." This essential meaning had four constituents: "something that no longer exists," "the threat to manhood," "intimacy," and "staged manhood." The lifeworld for these men comprised the dynamic interaction between being deprived of their "life's elixir" and their ability to have and experience intimacy. The men were preoccupied with embodied experiences unfamiliar to them. They mourned the loss of sexuality in connection with their new life situation that threatened their identity. Their female partner was a great support, and with her the man could picture himself and at best renegotiate his sexuality. In the future, cancer care should be organized so as to enable all aspects of sexuality to be acknowledged and discussed. (Less)
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cancer, psychosocial aspects, embodiment / bodily experiences, lived, body, masculinity, Merleau-Ponty, sexuality / sexual health
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Qualitative Health Research
volume
22
issue
9
pages
1184 - 1194
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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  • wos:000307334500003
  • scopus:84864672921
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1049-7323
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10.1177/1049732312449208
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English
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  abstract     = {In this study we explored how men diagnosed with prostate cancer experienced their sexuality from a lifeworld perspective. One essential meaning was identified: "having the elixir of life stolen." This essential meaning had four constituents: "something that no longer exists," "the threat to manhood," "intimacy," and "staged manhood." The lifeworld for these men comprised the dynamic interaction between being deprived of their "life's elixir" and their ability to have and experience intimacy. The men were preoccupied with embodied experiences unfamiliar to them. They mourned the loss of sexuality in connection with their new life situation that threatened their identity. Their female partner was a great support, and with her the man could picture himself and at best renegotiate his sexuality. In the future, cancer care should be organized so as to enable all aspects of sexuality to be acknowledged and discussed.},
  author       = {Klaeson, Kicki and Sandell, Kerstin and Bertero, Carina M.},
  issn         = {1049-7323},
  keyword      = {cancer,psychosocial aspects,embodiment / bodily experiences,lived,body,masculinity,Merleau-Ponty,sexuality / sexual health},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {9},
  pages        = {1184--1194},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Qualitative Health Research},
  title        = {Sexuality in the Context of Prostate Cancer Narratives},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732312449208},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2012},
}