EAU 2019: could personality tests improve prostate cancer care?


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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New research has identified a link between neuroticism and adverse events (AE) after radical prostatectomy (RP), with researchers suggesting that screening for neuroticism could identify patients at risk for high levels of AEs. 

For the study, researchers analysed the association between AEs and neuroticism in 761 Norwegian men who reported on their recovery after RP, while also self-reporting on neuroticism with a standard questionnaire.

A total of 22 per cent of respondents scored high for neuroticism. The study found that within the urinary, bowel, sexual and hormonal domains, all function scores and all bother scores were significantly poorer in men belonging to the high versus low neuroticism groups after a mean period of three years after surgery. 

“This is a real effect, and doctors need to take account of this in the same way that we would take physical factors into account before and after cancer treatment. This means we may need better advance personality testing for identification and counselling, and perhaps, a more specialised follow-up of those men who might be at risk of poorer outcomes,” said lead researcher, Dr Karol Axcrona from Akershus University Hospital, Norway. 

The findings were presented at the European Association of Urology congress in Barcelona. 

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