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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2008 May;24(2):91-101. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2008.02.003.

Alterations of sexual function in women with cancer.

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Psychiatry Department, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA. mhughes@mdanderson.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To provide an overview of the alterations in sexuality and sexual function that occur in women with cancer.

DATA SOURCES:

Research and review articles, books, clinical experience.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although initial concerns of women with cancer may not focus on sexuality issues, most women want support in dealing with body changes. Cancer and cancer treatment for women can result in changes in sexuality and sexual function that may or may not improve over time. Sexual assessment can provide the basis for various approaches to intervention.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Sexual assessment is an essential part of nursing practice across the trajectory of cancer. With this information, nurses can plan interventions tailored to address these important alterations in the lives of women with cancer.

PMID:
18442672
DOI:
10.1016/j.soncn.2008.02.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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