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Sexual health cancer

John S Wiener, Dominic C Frimberger, Hadley Wood
Until recently, spina bifida has been regarded a pediatric health issue, and adult consequences of the disorder have not been explored. The congenital neurologic and urologic anomalies, as well as sequelae of bladder management, can have a profound impact on adult male sexual function. Abnormalities in testicular descent, testicular development and function, fertility, penile sensation, erectile function, ejaculatory function, and orgasmic function are common in this population. These adults have substantial gaps in knowledge in normal sexual function and potential dysfunction as it relates to them specifically...
March 12, 2018: Urology
Thierry Almont, Corinne Couteau, Hélène Etienne, Pierre Bondil, Rosine Guimbaud, Leslie Schover, Éric Huyghe
PURPOSE: To assess sexual health and needs for sexology care of cancer patients during chemotherapy. METHODS: We performed a 4-month cross-sectional study in cancer patients treated by chemotherapy in the digestive cancer department of a regional university hospital. Patients were asked to fill out a self-administered questionnaire about their sexual health, Sexual Quality of Life Questionnaire for Male (SQoL-M) or Female (SQoL-F), and their needs for sexology care...
March 14, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Bente T Jensen, Susanne V Lauridsen, Jørgen B Jensen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Whether prehabilitation in radical cystectomy adds to the effort of reducing postoperative morbidity and impairments in the survivorship phase has until recently received limited attention. This narrative review aims to summarize the current evidence base on prehabilitaion interventions focusing on the efficacy of procedure-specific interventions and the influence on postoperative outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: Given the oncological risk, there is a relative short window to intervene and proactively optimize the patient before radical cystectomy...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Urology
Marie-Laure Amram, Pierre-Yves Dietrich, Florence Rochon, Mylène Bolmont, Francesco Bianchi-Demicheli
Cancer itself and its treatments can result in physical and/or psychological adverse events which include disorders of sexual health. Both clinicians and patients are reluctant to talk about sexual issues, body image or intimacy between partners. Barriers from the clinician's perspective include feeling inadequately trained, lack of time or privacy. On the patients' side, embarrassment or belief that their sexual health are an untreatable complication of their disease and its treatment are the main barriers...
March 14, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Mylène Bolmont, Marie-Laure Amram, Florence Rochon, Pierre-Yves Dietrich, Francesco Bianchi-Demicheli
Cancer affects sexual function, sexual health and relationships as well as mental health and quality of life. Due to the importance of sexual health for each individual and in order to ensure optimal and quality care, we have assessed the demand for sexual health and advise not only among cancer patients but also among professionals in this area and nursing staff. The results showed that sexuality was important both for patients and caregivers. Also we did find out that carers want to create a better professional network with the aim of redirecting patients to specialists according to their specific needs...
March 14, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Francesca Caparrotti, Odile Fargier-Bochaton, Melpomeni Kountouri, Sonia Philipp-Paradisi, Raymond Miralbell, Thomas Zilli
The impact of locoregional toxicity after radiotherapy on sexual function is the objective of this review. We explore those organs affected by cancer that are obviously implied in patients' intimate lives : cancers of the breast, prostate, pelvic region, and ENT region. However, we strongly believe that any patient diagnosed with cancer, and treated for one, could by all means be exposed to psychological and somatic changes leading to deterioration of their sexuality.
March 14, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Francesco Lotti, Mario Maggi
Infertility affects up to 12% of all men, and sexual dysfunction occurs frequently in men of reproductive age, causing infertility in some instances. In infertile men, hypoactive sexual desire and lack of sexual satisfaction are the most prevalent types of sexual dysfunction, ranging from 8.9% to 68.7%. Erectile dysfunction and/or premature ejaculation, evaluated with validated tools, have a prevalence of one in six infertile men, and orgasmic dysfunction has a prevalence of one in ten infertile men. In addition, infertile men can experience a heavy psychological burden...
March 13, 2018: Nature Reviews. Urology
Christian Graugaard, Cecilie Dyg Sperling, Bibi Hølge-Hazelton, Kirsten A Boisen, Gitte Stentebjerg Petersen
OBJECTIVE: The negative impact of malignant disease on sexual and relational functioning is well-documented among adults, but scarcely investigated among adolescents and young adults. This study explored the body image, self-perceived attractiveness and sexual/romantic experiences of Danes diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15-29 years. It also aimed to clarify whether self-perceived needs for counseling were in fact met by health-care providers. METHODS: All Danes who had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15-29 years during the period 2009-2013 were included in a cross-sectional nationwide questionnaire study...
March 12, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Margaret R Bauer, Emma E Bright, James J MacDonald, Elizabeth H Cleary, O Joe Hines, Annette L Stanton
Little is known about quality of life (QOL) of patients with pancreatic cancer and their caregivers compared with adults with other cancers. This systematic review summarizes the available evidence base, identifies its limitations, and recommends directions for research and clinical application. A systematic review was conducted of research on QOL in adults with pancreatic cancer and their caregivers. Quality of life was examined in the following specific domains: psychological, physical, social, sexual, spiritual, and general...
April 2018: Pancreas
Smita C Banerjee, Chasity B Walters, Jessica M Staley, Koshy Alexander, Patricia A Parker
Delivery of culturally competent care toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients depends on how health-care providers (HCPs) communicate with them; however, research about knowledge, attitude, and behavior of HCPs toward LGBT patients is scant. The objectives of our study were to describe oncology HCPs' knowledge and examine if beliefs about LGB and transgender patients mediate the effects of LGBT health-care knowledge on open communication behaviors with LGB and transgender patients, respectively...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Health Communication
Hee Sun Kang, Hyun-Kyung Kim, Seong Man Park, Jung-Hee Kim
BACKGROUND: Online interventions have the advantages of being widely available, accessible, comfortable, cost effective, and they can provide tailored information and support. Despite these benefits, the effects of specifically devised online intervention programs for cancer patients' sexual problems are somewhat unclear. The aim of this review is to describe online-based interventions and to assess their effects on sexual health among cancer survivors and/or their partners. METHODS: We investigated the effects of online sexual interventions among individuals with cancer or their partners...
March 7, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Maria Olsson, Gunnar Steineck, Karin Enskär, Ulrica Wilderäng, Marianne Jarfelt
PURPOSE: Previous research has established that treatments for cancer can result in short- and long-term effects on sexual function in adult cancer patients. The purpose was to investigate patient-reported physical and psychosexual complications in adolescents and young adults after they have undergone treatment for cancer. METHODS: In this population-based study, a study-specific questionnaire was developed by a method used in several previous investigations carried out by our research group, Clinical Cancer Epidemiology...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Pernilla Garmy, Liselotte Jakobsson
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate the cancer rehabilitation experiences of working-age cancer survivors. BACKGROUND: Cancer survivors have extremely complex needs, spanning physical, vocational, and sexual domains. Although cancer rehabilitation services have been found to eliminate or reduce these strains, these services are often underutilized. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study design was employed. METHODS: A survey of persons over the age of 18 with a cancer diagnosis, enrolled in the Social Insurance Agency in a municipality in southern Sweden (n =168, 68% women) was conducted...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
David W Donnelly, Conan Donnelly, Therese Kearney, David Weller, Linda Sharp, Amy Downing, Sarah Wilding, Penny Wright, Paul Kind, James W F Catto, William R Cross, Malcolm D Mason, Eilis McCaughan, Richard Wagland, Eila Watson, Rebecca Mottram, Majorie Allen, Hugh Butcher, Luke Hounsome, Peter Selby, Dyfed Huws, David H Brewster, Emma McNair, Carol Rivas, Johana Nayoan, Mike Horton, Lauren Matheson, Adam W Glaser, Anna Gavin
OBJECTIVES: To provide intelligence on the prevalence of urinary, bowel and sexual dysfunction in Northern Ireland (NI) to act as a baseline for studies of prostate cancer (PCa) outcomes and to aid service provision within the general population. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional postal survey of 10,000 men aged 40 and over in NI, age-matched to the distribution of men living with PCa. The EQ-5D-5L and EPIC-26 instruments were used to enable comparisons with PCa outcome studies...
February 28, 2018: BJU International
Robert T Dess, Theresa P Devasia, Nima Aghdam, William C Jackson, Payal D Soni, Clayton P Smith, Amyre L Mitchell, Simeng Suy, Daniel A Hamstra, Shruti Jolly, Paul L Nguyen, Felix Y Feng, Matthew J Schipper, Ted A Skolarus, David C Miller, Daniela A Wittmann, Sean P Collins, Daniel E Spratt
PURPOSE: To report sexual health-related quality of life outcomes and utilization and efficacy of sexual aids in a contemporary cohort of patients treated for localized prostate cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2008 and 2013, 471 consecutive men with localized prostate cancer were treated on 2 institutional protocols (NCT01766492, NCT01618851) or on a prospective institutional registry with patient-reported health-related quality of life. All patients were treated with ultra-hypofractionated radiation therapy...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Cameron W Swanick, Xiudong Lei, Ying Xu, Yu Shen, Nathan A Goodwin, Grace L Smith, Sharon H Giordano, Kelly K Hunt, Reshma Jagsi, Simona F Shaitelman, Susan K Peterson, Benjamin D Smith
PURPOSE: For older women with breast cancer, local therapy options may include lumpectomy plus whole-breast irradiation (Lump + WBI), lumpectomy plus brachytherapy (Lump + Brachy), lumpectomy alone (Lump alone), mastectomy without radiation therapy (Mast alone), and mastectomy plus radiation therapy (Mast + RT). We surveyed a population-based cohort of older breast cancer survivors to assess the association of local therapy with long-term quality-of-life outcomes. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We used nationally comprehensive Medicare claims to identify women aged ≥67 years in whom nonmetastatic breast cancer was diagnosed in 2009, who were treated with 1 of the 5 aforementioned treatment options, and who were still alive in 2015...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Marc Gaudet, Mathieu Pharand-Charbonneau, Marie-Pierre Desrosiers, Debbie Wright, Alain Haddad
PURPOSE: To determine the acute toxicity and effect on health-related quality of life of a two-fraction regimen of high-dose-rate (HDR) prostate brachytherapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer were treated with HDR brachytherapy as monotherapy in two implants of 13.5 Gy spaced 7-14 days apart. Patients completed International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) and Expanded Prostate Index Composite (EPIC) questionnaires at 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 16, 20, and 24 months after brachytherapy...
February 23, 2018: Brachytherapy
Kaan Z Apaydin, Holly B Fontenot, Derri L Shtasel, Kenneth H Mayer, Alex S Keuroghlian
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and anal cancer screening are valuable, yet underutilized, tools in prevention of HPV-related cancers among sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations. The aim of this study was to characterize primary care providers' (PCPs) practices and perceptions pertaining to HPV vaccination and anal cancer screening. A survey assessing self-reported practice characteristics related to HPV vaccination and anal cancer screening, as well as perceived barriers to vaccination and anal cancer screening at the patient-, provider-, and system-level was distributed to PCPs at a Federally-Qualified Health Center that specializes in care for SGM populations in the greater Boston area...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Community Health
Nirupama Bonthala, Sunanda Kane
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Inflammatory bowel disease affects approximately 800,000 women in the USA with the peak incidence between ages 15 to 40. Thus for many females, IBD can impact nearly every stage of their life from menarche to pregnancy, menopause, and beyond. This paper will review the most recent updates on the topics of sexual health, cervical cancer screening, menstruation, fertility, contraception, and menopause. RECENT FINDINGS: Menarche can be delayed in females especially those who are underweight, malnourished, or with active inflammatory bowel disease...
February 26, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
Suchi Agrawal, Stephanie R Morain
While the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is medically indicated to reduce the risk of genital warts and certain types of cancer, rates of HPV vaccination repeatedly fall short of public health goals. Individual-level factors contributing to low vaccination rates are well documented. However, system-level barriers, particularly the need for parental consent, have been less explored. To date, there is no legal or ethical consensus in the USA regarding whether adolescents might permissibly self-consent to the HPV vaccine...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Medical Ethics
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