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Male Patients and Their Male Caregivers 

Male Patients and Their Male Caregivers
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Male Patients and Their Male Caregivers
Author(s):

Thomas O. Blank

, Lara Descartes

, and Marysol Asencio

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190462253.003.0006
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date: 21 September 2020

There is a dearth of literature on male-to-male caregiving relationships generally and almost none specific to cancer. Some prior studies have included male caregivers and/or male care recipients, but they have rarely separated out male–male dyads for analysis. Thus, without access to much research specific to male–male caregiving for cancer, this chapter draws on related and relevant literature, such as that on men caring for men with AIDS and interactions within prostate cancer support groups. These findings are used to describe what male–male caregiving may look like. A consideration of how female caregiving is typically foregrounded and valued in the caregiving literature is used to critique the current state of knowledge of male caregiving, and the large research gap in this field is identified.

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