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Concerns about sexuality after breast cancer.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19197169     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cancer treatment, especially chemotherapy, creates changes in the female body that affect sexual desire, sexual functioning, and emotional relationships. Although healthy women also experience physiological changes leading to menopause, these changes occur gradually leaving them sexually active 5 to 10 years longer and with fewer problems in sexual functioning. Studies show that breast cancer patients experience sexual problems soon after treatment, and continue in follow-up. Research also describes the normal decline in sexuality among healthy women as they age. Furthermore, relationship problems occur when couples experience sexual problems, sometimes threatening their attachment.These problems can be anticipated and addressed through the physician's communication with their patient. Other solutions include effective psychologic and emotional counseling and pharmaceutical and over the counter assistance for hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and pain to assist with the physiological issues.
Patricia Fobair; David Spiegel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cancer journal (Sudbury, Mass.)     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1528-9117     ISO Abbreviation:  Cancer J     Publication Date:    2009 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-02-06     Completed Date:  2009-04-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100931981     Medline TA:  Cancer J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
Supportive Care Program, Stanford Hospital Cancer Center, Stanford, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects
Breast Neoplasms / complications*,  psychology*
Hot Flashes / complications,  drug therapy
Menopause, Premature
Physician-Patient Relations
Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology*,  psychology,  therapy
Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology*,  psychology
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0/Antineoplastic Agents

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