Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu delivering the lecture on psychosocial oncology to psychosocial counseling students Akona School of Counseling, Mampong
Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu delivering the lecture on psychosocial oncology to psychosocial counseling students Akona School of Counseling, Mampong

Men?s Health Foundation Ghana, the biggest men?s charity has partnered Akona School of

Counseling Ghana to train psychosocial counselors in the management of men diagnosed with

prostate cancer.

Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu delivering the lecture on psychosocial oncology to psychosocial   counseling students Akona School of Counseling, Mampong
Dr. Raphael Nyarkotey Obu delivering the lecture on psychosocial oncology to psychosocial
counseling students Akona School of Counseling, Mampong
This is crucial according to the founder of Men?s Health Foundation Ghana, Dr. Raphael

Nyarkotey Obu, a registered Naturopathic doctor who specialized in prostate cancer and a PhD

candidate.

According to Dr. Nyarkotey, Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men. It is

fraught with both physical and psychological symptomatology. Depression, anxiety, stress,

fatigue, pain and psychosocial factors all affect the patient with prostate cancer. Impotence,

erectile dysfunction, sexual issues and incontinence in these patients complicate matters further.

Anxiety may exist both before testing and while awaiting test results. Confusion over choosing

from various interventions often adds to anxiety and depression in these patients. Various

demographic factors and the developmental stage of the couple affect these psychological

symptoms. The caregiver may undergo significant psychological turmoil while caring for a

patient diagnosed with prostate cancer, which is addressed.

The role of trained psychosocial counselors is important in the country to help men deal with the

side effect of the treatment

The course in psychosocial oncology for the first time looks at psychological issues in patients

with prostate cancer from a clinical perspective, with the aim of highlighting these issues for the

counselor in dealing with these patients. It also explores the consultation?liaison relationship

between psychiatrists, psychologists and urologists as a team for the multimodal management of

prostate cancer.

The charity has started this program as part of its projects to reduce the high mortality rates in the

country. The men?s charity believes that Ghanaian men deserve better treatment for prostate

cancer.

Source: Men?s Health Foundation Ghana

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