Category: Clinical Oncology: Outcomes & Complications

MP18-8 - Healthcare professional impact on a bespoke psychosexual pathway for prostate cancer

Sat, Sep 22
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Introduction & Objective :

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men.  Yet standardised care post operatively can often vary from region to region. We determine views on standard pathway of care  from healthcare professionals at one large teaching hospital in England to create a bespoke pathway.

Methods :

Research Ethics Committee, Health Research Authority approval and R&D approval were gained, prior to study commencement.  Using these findings, a participatory research approach with a cancer centre in England was used to develop a bespoke psychosexual pathway. Healthcare Professional Interviews were conducted with a range of Healthcare Professionals including oncologists, oncology specialist nurses, Urology Specialist nurses and Urology consultants. A framework analysis approach was used to analyse results.

Results :

Eight interviews with health care professionals were conducted.  This was composed of 3 urology specialist nurses, 2 oncology specialist nurses, one oncologist and two urologists. All codes relating to post-operative psychosexual care were derived. These included lack of psychosexual care, none compliance with standardised pathways for care, contributory factors leading to psychosexual care, presence of a psychosexual pathway, service improvement and topic development.

Conclusions :

The healthcare professional input allowed development of a bespoke psychosexual pathway for patients post robotic surgery for prostate cancer.  Requirements for patient care were clearly identified and pathways developed.

Sanchia Goonewardene

Specialist Registrar
East of England Deanery
Southend , England, United Kingdom

Miss Sanchia S. Goonewardene MBChB (Hons.Clin.Sc), BMedSc(Hons), PGCGC, Dip.SSc, MRCS (Ed and Eng) MPhil.
Sanchia Goonewardene qualified from Birmingham Medical School with Honours in Clinical Science and a BMedSc (Hons) Degree in Medical Genetics and Molecular Medicine. After that she completed her Foundation training at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, where she received the West Midlands Deanery Award. Her Core General Surgery training was completed in Coventry and Warwickshire where she gained a Diploma in Surgical Science and MRCS (UK). She has worked as Urology registrar at Guys and St Thomas Hospitals, London and The Royal Free Hospital and UCL.

She has over 370 publications to her name and has significantly contributed to the Urological Academic World- she has since added a section to the European Association of Urology Congress on Prostate Cancer Survivorship and Supportive Care and is an Associate Member, EAU Guidelines Panel on Chronic Pelvic Pain. She is also an Alumni of the Urology Foundation. She has supervised her 1st thesis with Kings College London and Guys Hospital, (BMedSci Degree gained 1st class, students’ thesis score 95%) and has examined MSc thesis for the University of Edinburgh. Recently she has also been invited to the editorial board of the World Journal of Urology and Journal of Robotic Surgery and is a reviewer for BMJ case reports. She is also a working group member of The International Continence Society Terminology Panel on Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. She has published her 1st two books- Core Surgical Procedures for Urology Trainees and Prostate Cancer Survivorship. She is currently a Urology Trainee with East of England Deanery, which she very much enjoys.

Annie Young

University of Warwick
Warwick, England, United Kingdom

Raj Persad

North Bristol NHS Trust
Bristol, England, United Kingdom