Psychosexual function and impact of gynaecological cancer

Stead, Maxine L., Fallowfield, Lesley, Selby, Peter and Brown, Julia M (2007) Psychosexual function and impact of gynaecological cancer. Best Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 21 (2). pp. 309-320. ISSN 1521-6934

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A diagnosis of gynaecological cancer and its treatment are usually associated with many physical and psychological changes, both as a result of the diagnosis itself and of the usual treatments of surgery, radiotherapy and/or several months of chemotherapy. Patients often experience symptoms such as fatigue, abdominal swelling and pain, and suffer from emotional distress and disturbances of their life style. Sexual functioning can also be affected. Often there are physiological difficulties, such as vaginal dryness, together with psychological distress and relationship problems. This chapter discusses the ways in which gynaecological cancer can impact sexual functioning, and presents findings from a research project that was undertaken to begin to understand how sexual functioning can be affected by ovarian cancer. The article also makes recommendations for how health-care professionals can help women to cope better with psychosexual dysfunction following a diagnosis of a gynaecological cancer.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: sex behaviour; sexual dysfunction; gynaecological cancer; quality of life
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Sussex Health Outcomes Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology Including cancer and carcinogens
Depositing User: Jil Fairclough
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2012 11:07
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2012 08:08
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