Keeping the love alive… Sex & cancer

CSC welcomes Robyn Stoller, founder of CancerHawk and tireless patient advocate as a guest blogger. We’re thrilled to be working with her and look forward to additional informative and insightful posts in the coming months.

When you or your partner have cancer, good lovin’ is probably the last thing on your mind… for a while anyways… and then, it eventually becomes a priority again. Let’s face it… intimacy and sex are both basic human needs. But this topic can be difficult, frustrating and at times, down right embarrassing to talk about… not only with a partner but with doctors as well. And there’s very little useful information on the internet (I know… I searched high and low for some).

It’s estimated that 40% – 100% of cancer patients will experience some sort of sexual dysfunction. The dysfunction can be either emotional (stress, feeling different about your body, etc.) or physical (treatment side effects such as decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, premature menopause, etc.). So what can you do about this? Although the need for intimacy and sex are not life and death issues, they are REAL quality of life issues.

Check out the Cancer Support Community’s BLOG TALK RADIO SHOWepisode 62 (Sexuality in Cancer Survivorship) and episode 74 (Cancer, Sexuality & Young Adults). Both episodes are real, honest and packed with lots of useful information (kinda like CancerHawk :-)).

On episode 62, Dr. Leslie Schover, clinical psychologist at MD Anderson talks briefly about MD Anderson’s Tendrils Program, a sexual renewal program for women surviving cancer. It’s an internet-based counseling program and clinical trial designed to help women recover sexual function and satisfaction after cancer treatment. All participants must be able to attend 3 on-site counseling sessions at MD Anderson. Click HERE for more information on eligibility. Soon, they will be launching a similar program for male cancer survivors.

For some practical tips on reigniting the passion after cancer, I saw a GREAT segment on ABC NEWS… click HERE. And for great support groups, check out your local Cancer Support Community… they have affiliates in all 50 states. If you’re single and dating with cancer, check out my blog post ISOL & the Big C.

If you have any good tips for Keepin’ the Love Alive after cancer, please post your “G” rated secrets… Knowledge is power… Share the power!

Click here to read Robyn’s full blog, CancerHawk.

About Robyn Stoller

Founder of CancerHawk.com, Robyn Stoller is a patient advocate and champion. Just last year she lost her 47-year-old husband Alan to cancer, but has put their journey to work for others. At each crossroad—from finding the best doctors with the right mentality to accessing obscure (and amazing!) resources—Robyn's gift for research, networking and tireless advocacy and a lot of luck led to just the right places. Now, Robyn’s mission is to help patients and caregivers touched by cancer find the information they need to make informed choices. To get straightforward answers to the questions you haven't yet asked with a dose of humility and humor, visit www.CancerHawk.com…the REAL deal for cancer patients & their caregivers.

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