Skip Navigation LinksHome > February 2014 - Volume 37 - Issue 1 > Sexual Dysfunction in Female Cancer Survivors
Text sizing:
A
A
A
American Journal of Clinical Oncology:
doi: 10.1097/COC.0b013e318248d89d
Review Articles

Sexual Dysfunction in Female Cancer Survivors

DeSimone, Michael BS*; Spriggs, Elizabeth BA; Gass, Jennifer S. MD*,‡; Carson, Sandra A. MD*,‡; Krychman, Michael L. MD§; Dizon, Don S. MD, FACP*,‡

Collapse Box

Abstract

Cancer survivors face a myriad of long-term effects of their disease, diagnosis, and treatment, and chief among many are problems associated with sexual dysfunction. Yet despite their frequency and the degree of distress they cause patients, sexual dysfunction is not effectively screened for or treated, and this is particularly true in female survivors. Inconsistently performed general sexual health screening at all facets of cancer care and survivorship ultimately translates into missed attempts to identify and treat dysfunction when it does arise. In this paper, we will review the current research and clinical practices addressing sexual dysfunction in female cancer survivors and propose questions in need of future research attention. This article will review the phases of sexual response and how each may be affected by the physical and emotional stress of cancer diagnosis and treatment. We will then discuss existing tools for assessment of sexual function and approaches to their treatment. Finally, we will conclude with advice to health care professionals based on current research and suggest questions for future study.

Copyright © 2012 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Login

Article Tools

Share

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.

Connect With Us

Twitter
twitter.com/AJCOonline

For additional oncology content, visit LWW Oncology Journals on Facebook.