- Cancer Information
- Managing side effects
- Sexuality, intimacy and cancer
- Overcoming specific challenges
Overcoming specific challenges
Many of the problems discussed here are common among anyone with a cancer diagnosis, but some changes affect only females or only males, and others are caused by particular treatments. The changes may be temporary or ongoing.
Learn tips for managing:
- Sadness and depression
- Loss of sexual pleasure
- Loss of desire
- Erection problems
- Changes in ejaculation
- Difficulty reaching orgasm
- Changes to the vagina
- Changes in appearance
- Removal of a body part
- Adapting to life with a stoma
- Adapting to life after a brain tumour
- Early menopause
- Fertility issues
Download a PDF booklet on this topic.
Helena Green, Clinical Sexologist and Counsellor, inSync for Life, WA; Anita Brown-Major, Occupational Therapist, Thrive Rehab, VIC; Karina Campbell, Consumer; Nicole Kinnane, Nurse Consultant, Gynae-oncology Services, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Jessica Medd, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Headway Health and Concord Hospital, NSW; Chris Rivett, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council SA; Kath Schubach, Urology Nurse Practitioner, President – Australia and New Zealand Urological Nurses Society (ANZUNS), VIC; Prof Jane Ussher, Chair, Women’s Health Psychology, Translational Health Research Institute (THRI), School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, NSW; Maria Voukelatos, Consumer. We would like to thank the health professionals, consumers and editorial teams who have worked on previous editions of this title.
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