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Psychosexual function and impact of gynaecological cancer

By Maxine L. Stead, Lesley Fallowfield, Peter Selby and Julia M Brown

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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

Topics: R1, RC0254
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2006.11.008
OAI identifier: oai:sro.sussex.ac.uk:7476
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