Sexuality, Intimacy & Cancer Issues

Cancer therapies may interfere with survivors' abilities to experience sexual desire, to feel desireable or to be able to physically be sexual.

There are many reasons and some solutions. We have gathered some articles that may be helpfu. Remember you are not alone if you have issues in this area.

At a recent Women's Health Symposium (10/04), Dr. Gail Saltz, a New York City psychiatrist, suggested that sex is good for us since it can reduce stress, improve sleep, fight aging both physically and psychologically, and of course enhance the bond with your partner.

This is true for women and men. While some of the specifics may vary be sex/gender, the problems are there for many of us.

Ann Fonfa has written and spoken about her difficulties in revealing her 'breast-free' body to her partner. Without revisiting the issue, she did not find out that both of them were okay with it until six years had passed.

9/06 Ann's NOTE: Yesterday I went bowling - met an elderly woman who told me she had a mastectomy 30 years ago. She said she wondered why they had not removed both breasts - I asked her if she had any recurrence, she said no.

Then she whispered to me: "I was 50 when it happened, I never went with a man again". She's 80 years old now. Her mastectomy kept her from showing her nude body to a lover.

If there is one take-away message, it is that communication between partners is a REALLY GOOD thing.

It is well-known that up to 50% of men who undergo treatment for prostate cancer may experience sexual and other difficulties. There are some solutions.


Online: Sexuality & Cancer (USA/UK)

Western J of Med, 1/02

For Women
Subjective QoL & Sexual Functioning: Germ-Cell Tumor Therapy

Br J Cancer, 12/03

Product to Help with Vaginal Dryness

SYLK

Help For Sexual Problems: Men & Partners

Psycho-Oncology, 6/03

Pilot Intervention: Enhance Sexual Rehab After Prostate Ca
Sexual Functioning after Testicular Cancer
Post-treatment Sexual Adjust:Cervi/Endo Ca

Psychooncology, 4-5/03

Cervical Ca:Issues of Sexuality & Fertility
Various Pre-Cancerous Treatments & Pregnancy Problems
Impact of late treatment effects in Cervical Ca: Sexuality
Patterns of Change in Marital Relationships:Parents of Kids w/Ca

Health Soc Work, 11/03

Sexual Healthcare Needs of Women Aged 65+

J Am Geriatrics Soc, 1/04

Sexuality, Intimacy and Gyn Cancer

J Sex & Marital Therapy, 2003

Predictors of Sexual Functioning:Ovarian Ca
Changes in Sexual Function BCA After Adjv Thrpy

Abstract # 622 ASCO, 2004

Sexual Behavior & Relationship Satisfaction:Advanced BCa
Interventions from Sexual Health Program: Oncology
Good Vibrations

LINK to sex toys, education, books, videos etc. For WOMEN and MEN

"Intimacy After Cancer" - Book for Women and Partners

http://intimacyaftercancer.com/

March 2007

Fertility issues in survivors from adolescent cancers

Cancer Treatment Reviews May 2007

Barriers to fertility preservation among pediatric oncologists
Good Clean Love

LINK to natural and organic 'green' products. "Medical Studies support the fact that an active sex life leads to a longer & happier life. Using green products that can both increase libido & enhance sexual experiences have a far reaching affect on your overall health & well being. "

OncoLibido

LINK: Don says "Just because you had cancer doesn't mean you can't enjoy sex just like everybody else"

talkaboutit@oncolibido.com

Ann F. speaks about 'sexual' miscommunication

LINK to oncolibido.wordpress.com


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