Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Prostate Cancer

  • Ioannis AnastasiouEmail author
  • Konstantina Yiannopoulou
Reference work entry


Psychological morbidity is increasingly reported in prostate cancer (PC) patients. However, only a few studies have assessed PTSD as a response to PC diagnosis and to radical prostatectomy. The current chapter presents the few reports on PTSD as a response to PC diagnosis and to radical prostatectomy, suggesting that PTSD could be prevalent among PC patients and among their partners. Social and medical factors that can be used as predictors of psychological comorbidity are explored. Possible aspects of posttreatment psychological adjustment that are needed for developing well-targeted psychological interventions are also discussed.


Posttraumatic growth PTSD Prostate cancer Radical prostatectomy Davidson Trauma Scale Predictors of psychological comorbidity Psychological interventions 

List of Abbreviations


American Psychiatric Association


Benign prostate hyperplasia


Prostate cancer


Post-traumatic stress symptoms


Post-traumatic stress disorder


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Urology, School of MedicineUniversity of Athens, Laiko General HospitalAthensGreece
  2. 2.Department of Neurology“Henry Dunant” Hospital CenterAthensGreece

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