Andrew G. Matthew

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This exploratory study examines the experience of three gay couples managing sexual dysfunction as a result of undergoing a radical prostatectomy. Semi-structured interviews were conducted as part of a larger study at an urban hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Interview transcripts were transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using interpretative(More)
PURPOSE Cancer of the prostate (CAP) is one of the most common malignancies affecting North American men with about 215,000 new cases and 35,800 CAP related deaths annually. The most prevalent intervention for localized CAP is radical prostatectomy (RP) with 10-year survival rates approaching 90%. Studies of men in post-RP recovery indicate that 44% to 75%(More)
BACKGROUND In clinical and research practice linked to prostate cancer treatment, frequent monitoring of patient health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is essential. Practical and analytic limitations of paper questionnaire data capture may be overcome with the use of self-administered personal digital assistant (PDA) data collection. The objective of this(More)
The purpose of this study is to determine levels of depression and hopelessness and to explore the relationship between attachment security and psychosocial distress in patients with metastatic/recurrent cancer and spouse-caregivers, experiencing marital distress. Couple-participants were from a pilot study and a larger clinical trial prior to(More)
BACKGROUND Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) has significant deleterious effects on body composition that may be accompanied by unfavourable changes in adipokine levels. While exercise has been shown to improve a number of side effects associated with ADT for prostate cancer, no studies have assessed the effect of exercise on adiponectin and leptin levels,(More)
OBJECTIVE To systematically review the evidence of pre-operative exercise, known as 'prehabilitation', on peri- and postoperative outcomes in adult surgical populations. DESIGN Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES CENTRAL, Medline, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO and PEDro were searched from 1950 to 2011. METHODS Two reviewers independently(More)
A large and convincing body of evidence demonstrates the benefits of exercise for cancer survivors during and after treatment. Based on that literature, more cancer survivors should be offered exercise support and programming. Unfortunately, exercise programs remain an exception rather than the norm in cancer care. Not surprisingly, common barriers to the(More)
BACKGROUND Although utility-based quality-of-life instruments are often used in economic evaluations and psychometric instruments in treatment evaluations, these are complementary approaches to assessing outcomes. In this study we developed and tested these two forms of quality-of-life instruments, both based on a single, validated, health classification(More)
BACKGROUND This study reports the prevalence of psychiatric disorder in women from a Canadian community. The GHQ and the CES-D were compared for their utility. METHOD A thousand women over the age of 18 were mailed the GHQ and the CES-D. Our return rate was 44.4%; 24% were personally interviewed by interviews blind to screening information. The CIDI was(More)
BACKGROUND Male BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers are at an increased risk to develop prostate cancer and are subject to screening protocols for high-risk men. The utility of targeted screening, and the clinical and pathological features associated with prostate cancer, have received little attention in this population. METHODS We report on the clinical(More)