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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2008 May;24(2):115-9. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2008.02.004.

Sexual issues in special populations: adolescents and young adults.

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  • 1INOVA Cancer Services, Fairfax, VA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To understand the unique impact of cancer on the psychosexual development of adolescents and young adults and to identify concrete approaches for broaching the topic of sexuality and sexual function.

DATA SOURCES:

Review and research articles, clinical expertise.

CONCLUSION:

It is critical to address sexual health and fertility issues with young adults as early as the diagnosis to offer the patient an opportunity to ask questions, make true informed decisions, and feel comfortable coming back and inquiring about difficulties he/she has later during treatment or afterwards.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Oncology nurses are often the first health care professionals to identify and address sexuality concerns in oncology treatment settings. By emphasizing the importance of sexuality and intimacy for adolescents and young adults throughout the cancer experience, oncology professionals can be effective change agents in advocating for their patients.

PMID:
18442674
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