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Female Caregivers of Male Cancer Patients 

Female Caregivers of Male Cancer Patients
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Female Caregivers of Male Cancer Patients
Author(s):

Terry Badger

, and Chris Segrin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190462253.003.0007
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date: 15 December 2019

The diagnosis and treatment of cancer is a relationship, rather than an individual problem, because there is a patient and often an informal caregiver. In terms of male cancer patients and their female caregivers, this is most often studied in the context of prostate cancer patients and their female caregivers. Concepts from the stress process model are used to organize research findings on the women caring for their male partners with cancer. This review illustrates how different contexts of care, primary objective stressors, and resources can all contribute to the primary subjective stressors (e.g., quality of life, relationship problems, role demands) experienced by dyads in this context. Interventions to help caregivers as well as directions for clinical practice and future research are discussed.

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