Sexual health needs: How do breast cancer patients and their partners want information?

L.F. Albers*, G.F. van Ek, E.M. Krouwel, C.M. Oosterkamp-Borgelink, G.J. Liefers, M.E.M. den Ouden, B.L. den Oudsten, E.E.M. Krol-Warmerdam, O.R. Guicherit, E. Linthorst-Niers, H. Putter, R.C.M. Pelger, H.W. Elzevier

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Abstract

It is well known that breast cancer treatment can affect sexuality. This survey evaluated the needs of breast cancer patients and partners regarding sexual care. The majority of patients (80.4%) and partners (73.7%) did not receive any information regarding sexuality. Although only a quarter of all respondents reported a direct need for information regarding sexuality, most valued an opportunity to discuss sexuality. The nurse practitioner was the most preferable care provider to provide information about sexuality, supported by a brochure or website. Patients considered during treatment as most suitable timing of discussing sexuality, and partners before the start of treatment
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-226
JournalJournal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Keywords

  • BODY-IMAGE
  • COMMUNICATION
  • DIAGNOSIS
  • DYSFUNCTION
  • EXPERIENCES
  • LYMPHEDEMA
  • MASTECTOMY
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • RISK
  • WOMEN

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Albers, L. F., van Ek, G. F., Krouwel, E. M., Oosterkamp-Borgelink, C. M., Liefers, G. J., den Ouden, M. E. M., den Oudsten, B. L., Krol-Warmerdam, E. E. M., Guicherit, O. R., Linthorst-Niers, E., Putter, H., Pelger, R. C. M., & Elzevier, H. W. (2020). Sexual health needs: How do breast cancer patients and their partners want information? Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 46(3), 205-226. https://doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2019.1676853