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A national network to advance the field of cancer and female sexuality.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23350613     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Understanding sexual health issues in cancer patients is integral to care for the continuously growing cancer survivor population.
AIM: To create a national network of active clinicians and researchers focusing on the prevention and treatment of sexual problems in women and girls with cancer.
METHODS: Interdisciplinary teams from the University of Chicago and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center jointly developed the mission for a national conference to convene clinicians and researchers in the field of cancer and female sexuality. The invitee list was developed by both institutions and further iterated through suggestions from invitees. The conference agenda focused on three high-priority topics under the guidance of a professional facilitator. Breakout groups were led by attendees recognized by collaborators as experts in those topics. Conference costs were shared by both institutions.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Development of Scientific Working Groups (SWGs).
RESULTS: One hundred two clinicians and researchers were invited to attend the 1st National Conference on Cancer and Female Sexuality. Forty-three individuals from 20 different institutions across 14 states attended, including representation from eight National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded cancer centers. Attendees included PhD researchers (N = 19), physicians (N = 16), and other healthcare professionals (N = 8). Breakout groups included (i) Defining key life course sexuality issues; (ii) Building a registry; and (iii) Implementing sexual health assessment. Breakout group summaries incorporated group consensus on key points and priorities. These generated six SWGs with volunteer leaders to accelerate future research and discovery: (i) Technology-based interventions; (ii) Basic science; (iii) Clinical trials; (iv) Registries; (v) Measurement; and (vi) Secondary data analysis. Most attendees volunteered for at least one SWG (N = 35), and many volunteered for two (N = 21).
CONCLUSION: This 1st National Conference demonstrated high motivation and broad participation to address research on cancer and female sexuality. Areas of need were identified, and SWGs established to help promote research in this field.
Shari B Goldfarb; Emily Abramsohn; Barbara L Andersen; Shirley R Baron; Jeanne Carter; Maura Dickler; Judith Florendo; Leslie Freeman; Katherine Githens; David Kushner; Jennifer A Makelarski; S Diane Yamada; Stacy Tessler Lindau
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of sexual medicine     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1743-6109     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sex Med     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-28     Completed Date:  2013-08-05     Revised Date:  2014-02-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101230693     Medline TA:  J Sex Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  319-25     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
© 2013 International Society for Sexual Medicine.
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MeSH Terms
Biomedical Research*
Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology,  physiopathology,  therapy
Colorectal Neoplasms / epidemiology,  physiopathology,  therapy
Congresses as Topic
Cooperative Behavior
Cross-Sectional Studies
Evidence-Based Medicine
Genital Neoplasms, Female / epidemiology,  physiopathology,  therapy
Information Services*
Interdisciplinary Communication
Neoplasms / epidemiology,  physiopathology*,  therapy
Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / physiopathology*,  prevention & control,  therapy*
Sexuality / physiology*
United States
Grant Support
1K23AG032870/AG/NIA NIH HHS; 5P30AG012857/AG/NIA NIH HHS; K05 CA098133/CA/NCI NIH HHS; K23 AG032870/AG/NIA NIH HHS; P30 AG012857/AG/NIA NIH HHS

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