Letizia De Luca
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
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#1Paola DordoniH-Index: 6
#1Paola DordoniH-Index: 2
Last. Lara BellarditaH-Index: 10
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OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether prostate cancer (PCa) patients' coping strategies (i.e., fighting spirit, anxious preoccupation, fatalism, helplessness/hopelessness, and avoidance) significantly change during the first 3-year follow-up period of active surveillance (AS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Altogether, 104 patients on AS completed the Mini-Mental Adjustment to Cancer (Mini-MAC) at baseline (T0), at 10 and 12 months after diagnostic biopsy (T1 and T2, respectively) and then at 24- (T3) and 3...
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Background The psychological burden possibly deriving from not immediately undergoing radical treatment for prostate cancer (PCa) could be a potential disadvantage of active surveillance (AS), especially in the eve of some relevant clinical exams [i.e., re-biopsy, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, and medical examination]. Even if it is known from the literature that the majority of PCa men in AS do not report heightened anxiety, there is a minority of patients who show clinically significan...
#1Julia Menichetti (University of Oslo)H-Index: 9
#2Letizia De LucaH-Index: 2
Last. Lara BellarditaH-Index: 10
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OBJECTIVE: Health promotion is a key aspect for health outcomes of prostate cancer (PCa) patients. However, it has been poorly explored among patients following monitoring programmes, for example Active Surveillance (AS). This study aimed to explore PCa patients' perceptions of health promotion during AS. METHODS: An explorative qualitative research design was adopted. Four focus groups were used to collected data from 24 men enrolled in the Prostate Cancer Research International: AS (PRIAS) pro...
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The diagnosis of prostate cancer (PCa) often represents a stressful event. In addition to the psychological distress related to the diagnosis, patients face challenging health decisions: in fact, besides radical treatments, Active Surveillance may represent an option for patients with diagnosis of localized PCa. A multidisciplinary clinical approach seems to represent the suitable organizational model to meet such a requirement, optimising the therapeutic outcome for PCa patients.The present stu...
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#1Lara BellarditaH-Index: 10
#2Paola DordoniH-Index: 2
Last. Riccardo Valdagni (University of Milan)H-Index: 51
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The journey of men diagnosed with low-volume, potentially non-aggressive prostate cancer may be a multifaceted one. In fact, from the moment of diagnosis, patients deal with the opportunity and burden of choosing among multiple therapeutic/observational strategies that differ in terms of clinical and personal costs and benefits. The treatment/active surveillance decision can be an initially counterintuitive one and feelings of disorientation could emerge. Based on existing literature and our exp...
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#1C. MarenghiH-Index: 6
Last. Riccardo Valdagni (University of Milan)H-Index: 51
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PurposeTo evaluate the outcomes of active surveillance (AS) on patients with low-risk prostate cancer (PCa) and to identify predictors of disease reclassification.MethodsIn 2005, we defined an inst...
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#1Letizia De LucaH-Index: 2
#2Emanuela SaitaH-Index: 13
Last. Guendalina GraffignaH-Index: 29
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#1Emanuela Saita (UCSC: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart)H-Index: 13
#2Letizia De Luca (UCSC: Catholic University of the Sacred Heart)H-Index: 2
Last. Chiara AcquatiH-Index: 9
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This study explores the function of hope in the life experience of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Despite its relevance, hope is a psychosocial concept still not fully explored by the literature. Aim of the present contribution is therefore to conduct a qualitative examination of semi-structure interviews of women with breast cancer. In particular the connection between hope and eight domains (diagnosis, life events, supportive network, healthcare network, medical treatment, acceptance of t...
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