Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Sexual and Reproductive Health

This section provides information on the following topics:

Dating and Intimacy

Single adults with cancer often experience physical and emotional changes during and after cancer treatment that affect their dating and sexual relationships. Starting new relationships is often stressful for anyone, but it is especially difficult for single adults with cancer or a history of cancer. Many single cancer survivors avoid dating because they fear being rejected. The possibility of rejection is real, but it's important to not a let a fear of rejection stop you from dating altogether.

Cancer During Pregnancy

Learn how cancer is diagnosed and treated during pregnancy to try to ensure the health of both the mother and the baby.

Finding Support for Sexual and Reproductive Concerns

People with cancer almost always have concerns about intimacy and sexuality. In addition, younger patients often have questions about fertility and reproductive health. You should expect that having cancer and going through treatment is very likely to affect your relationships, and it may seem difficult to address these issues with your doctors. Be reassured that time will help, and that talking with your partner during and after treatment will help most.

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