Research Study

Innovations in the treatment of sexual dysfunction and couple intimacy after prostate cancer: a randomized trial of mindfulness versus cognitive behavioral therapy (INTROSPPECT)
Principal Investigator 
Lori Brotto


Body Locations and Systems 
Study Start/End 
Dec 7, 2017 to Jun 30, 2020
Diamond Health Care Centre
Nikky Kundliwal, Research Coordinator
604-875-4111 ext.62338
Purpose of Study 

One in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and up to 90% of men who receive treatment will experience changes to their sexual functioning and their intimate lives.  We are interested in evaluating different treatment options for improving intimacy in couples after prostate cancer treatment.

recruitment poster


Eligible individuals must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must currently be in a relationship that has lasted longer than one year.
  • Both members of the couple must be at least 19 years of age or older.
  • At least one member of the couple must have a history of prostate cancer diagnosis.
  • The same member of the couple has undergone treatment (e.g. radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy, androgen deprivation therapy) or is receiving active surveillance for their prostate cancer.
  • The member of the couple who underwent treatment for prostate cancer must be experiencing distress related to his current level of intimacy/sexual well-being.
  • Both members of the couple are willing and able to comply with all study procedures, and be available for the duration of the study.
  • Both members of the couple must be fluent in English.

This study is not appropriate for couples with health concerns (physical or mental) that would interfere with their ability to participate in the treatment groups, activities, and assignments.


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