Sexuality in cancer management


Sexuality in cancer management
Abstract of the lecture presented at the World Congress of the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) (Geneva), Geneva, Switzerland, August 27-31, 2008
Cancer diagnosis is a dramatic turning point in human’s life. It impacts on the patient’s trust on his/her body, the future, the ability to cope with the challenges the disease carries with it, and the struggle to survive. It reshapes life’s priorities. Given the focus on the survival strategies, sexuality is usually neglected. Physicians tend to consider it as a minor issues, in comparison to the major questions every cancer conveys. Patients either marginalize it or do not dare to raise the issue. The “collusion of silence” persists in the majority of clinical settings all over the world.

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