Talking About Sexuality, Body Image and Cancer

A teaching resource for health professionals

Cancer and its treatments can affect a person’s sexuality including their body image, sexual functioning, relationships, identity and self-esteem.

Although it is easy to talk to patients about the technical aspects of cancer treatment and care, discussing the effects of cancer on sexuality is often difficult.

About the package

  • It is an interactive skills-based training package which includes a manual and video.
  • It provides a framework and ‘hands on experience’ for tackling this sensitive issue with patients.
  • It addresses topics such as understanding body image, the impact of cancer on sexuality and supportive interventions.
  • The package is written by Dr Kendra Sundquist a health educator specialising in sexual and reproductive health and cancer and Jane Barrett, an educator with an extensive health background.
  • The package was reviewed by a national advisory group of oncologists, general practitioners and cancer nurses.
  • The package is accredited nationally by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners as a Continuing Professional Development Category One (5 points per hour) activity.


The package costs $50 (includes GST and postage)