TITLE

SEXUALITY AND GYNAECOLOGICAL CANCER: A NEEDS ASSESSMENT

AUTHOR(S)
Bourgeois-law, Gisèle; Lotocki, Robert
PUB. DATE
December 1999
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Winter99, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p231
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Seventy-three women attending gynaecology oncology clinics for follow-up on their treatment for gynaecological cancer completed a questionnaire on cancer and sexuality. The study sought to determine what information they had received regarding the effects of cancer and its treatment on sexuality, what information they would have liked to have received, and when, and in what format, they would have preferred to receive it. Slightly more than half of respondents said that cancer had had an effect on their sexual functioning; reduced interest in sex and pain during sexual activity were cited most often. Among all respondents, the most common difficulties in learning to deal with the effects of illness and treatment on sexuality were changes in body, changes in feelings about self as a women, problems communicating feelings to partner, and lack of information. About half of respondents had received little or no information on sexuality and cancer only half of the remainder were satisfied with the information they received, and almost 60% said they would have liked more information. About equal numbers would prefer receiving information before as after treatment. in order of priority, desired information pertained to: effect of treatment on sexuality: effect of cancer on sexuality; dealing with feelings regarding illness; and dealing with partner's feelings and reactions. Preferred formats for receiving information in order of priority were: one-on one discussion with a caregiver (primarily with partner present); pamphlet, small group discussion, and, less often, group talk with question/answer. Ideally the topic should be addressed more than once in the course of treatment
ACCESSION #
3584487

 

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