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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2008 May;24(2):102-14. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2008.02.010.

Alterations of sexual function in men with cancer.

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School of Nursing, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO, USA. Michael.Galbraith@UCHSC.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To provide an overview of the challenges in sexuality men face when they have been diagnosed and treated for various types of cancer.

DATA SOURCES:

Review and research articles, abstracts, books, electronic databases, clinical experience.

CONCLUSIONS:

An in-depth assessment of sexual needs and issues specific to men includes physical and psychosocial problems related to sexuality. Interventions include psychosocial sexual interventions, coping strategies, communication strengthening exercises, or alternative sexual techniques that will assist if physical functioning is diminished. Various medical, surgical, or pharmacologic approaches are available.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Although it is recognized that male sexuality in the cancer arena has been overlooked in the past, nurses have the opportunity to change this trend in the clinical setting and improve sexual health care delivery for men.

PMID:
18442673
DOI:
10.1016/j.soncn.2008.02.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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