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Men in cervical cancer study

31st May 2006

31052006_young_couple_sad1.jpgThe impact of cervical cancer on men as well as their female partners is to be studied in depth for the first time by researchers at the University of Surrey. The team at the postgraduate medical school in Guildford are planning the UK's biggest study into the psychological and emotional effects of the cancer.

The researchers are being led by consultant surgeon Simon Butler-Manuel and lecturer Alison Nightingale, who was herself diagnosed with cervical cancer in August 2004.

The five-year study will examine whether it brings couples closer together or drives them apart and the effect it has on their sex lives. The team is hoping to recruit 500 newly diagnosed women and their partners. The aim of the research, for which several cancer charities are being asked for funding, is to help health staff to provide the best support for people with the disease.

Ms Nightingale said that cervical cancer 'is a very, very lonely disease'. She added that a small-scale study found that partners suffered the same levels of cancer-related distress as the women going through treatment, yet there is virtually no information regarding the response of partners to cervical cancer.

The study will also look at health problems that can arise after cervical cancer, such as problems with the bowel and bladder. 

People who would like to take part can contact the university.

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