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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2001 Nov;17(4):255-62.

Intimacy issues: sexuality, fertility, and relationships.

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Department of Hematology-Oncology, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, CA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To provide a review of the intimacy issues, (sexuality, fertility, and interpersonal relationships) that have an impact on the lives of cancer survivors.

DATA SOURCES:

Published articles, research studies, and textbook chapters.

CONCLUSION:

The experience of living with cancer impacts the survivors interpersonal relationships, sexuality, and fertility. As cancer treatments become more effective in prolonging life, options that preserve sexual function and fertility will be more prevalent.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

It is the responsibility of the oncology health care professional to become educated about options that preserve sexual function and fertility and inform patients before treatment decisions are made.

PMID:
11764709
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