Orchid exists to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers
through pioneering research and promoting awareness
There is a real need to understand more about the experiences of men who survive testicular cancer, particularly what life is like after treatment finishes.
Despite being the most common form of cancer affecting young men, testicular cancer survivorship has been less widely researched than other cancers. What is life like after treatment finishes? What challenges and difficulties do survivors face? How has life changed? Are there ways in which life might actually have been improved? Currently, these are questions that we know relatively little about.
This study offers survivors the chance to change this situation by telling their story and contributing to an in-depth understanding of life after treatment finishes.
The study is focused on men aged 18 to 35, who finished treatment for testicular cancer at least 1 year ago but not more than 5 years ago. This research is being conducted among men living in the UK who are available to attend an interview in central London.
Most of the research in this area has used quantitative survey methodologies. This study is different in that it uses a qualitative methodology that will allow men who take part to share their experiences in their own words.
The study has been approved by City University London and is being conducted by Brian Garvey, a doctoral student in Counselling Psychology. Brian works in a psychology department in the NHS and has lots of experience of interviewing people affected by cancer. Brian said “I hope that men will be willing to come forward to share their experiences with me. I believe that taking part in the study will be an interesting experience. I sincerely hope that the study will contribute to understanding the needs of testicular cancer survivors after treatment finishes”.
Orchid is pleased to support this new research and encourages men to consider taking part in the study which aims to fill gaps in what is known about life after treatment
Rebecca Porta, Chief Executive
Interviews will start in May 2012 and are likely to run for the rest of 2012. If you would like more information or have any questions please contact Brian by phone: 07786 464 314, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lifeaftertreatment.com