Addressing Sexual and Body Image Concerns
- Identifies 'The sexual response cycle'
- Explains reasons why the addressing of sexual and body concerns with cancer patients is necessary
- Lists general factors affecting sexual functioning and medication which effects sexual functioning
- Describes the philosophy of sexual rehabilitation
- Provides guidance and a practical model for addressing sexual and body image concerns
This chapter explores how all cancer patients have a sexual identity and are at risk of sexual and body image concerns as a consequence of their cancer diagnosis and treatment. It describes all the responsibilities that all health professionals need to address such concerns and it gives them suggestions and advice on how to do so.
- Why address sexual and body concerns with cancer patients?
- The sexual response cycle
- The prevalence of sexual concerns
- Factors affecting sexual functioning
- Concerns associated with common cancer sites
- A philosophy of sexual rehabilitation
- Barriers to care for health care professionals and patients
- A practical model for addressing sexual and body Image concerns
- Permission (P)
- Limited information (LI)
- Specific suggestions (SS)
- Intensive therapy (IT)
- Putting it all together
- Resources for health professionals and for patients
- Resource sheet 9.1 Some ideas to get your sex life back on track!