Cancer and Sexuality
Survivorship and Sexuality
For most individuals, after the initial cancer diagnosis, their focus, naturally, is on
finding the best available treatment. While sexual issues are often a concern for many
cancer patients, their spouses and partners during treatment, quite often individuals do
not seek sexual counseling until later on, after treatment, when
the full impact of their experience has been processed. During this period of self
exploration and refection, a common area that is explored by survivors is how the
experience has affected their sexuality and their sexual identity and how they can
again function, sexually, in a way that brings pleasure, satisfaction and enjoyment.
Healthy sexuality is an important quality of life issue. The reality is that for many
patients and caregivers, and for many healthcare professionals, sex and sexuality are
harder to discuss than diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Rothenberg recognizes that individuals have questions that sometimes have never
been addressed and helps people to discuss topics that are often
difficult to talk about.
Resuming Sexual Activity