Talking With Your Doctor About Sexual Health

April 2, 2015
Cat Snyder, ASCO staff

Maintaining open and honest communication with your doctor is an important part of your care. In fact, research has shown that people who have a good relationship with their doctor tend to be more satisfied with the care they receive. However, starting some conversations can be difficult. So to get the ball rolling, the Cancer.Net Blog  created this series for doctors to share their tips and insights for discussing a number of potentially sensitive or difficult subjects that might come up during diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.

Many people being treated for cancer and cancer survivors have concerns or even anxiety about changes to their bodies and their sexual health. These topics can be difficult to talk openly about with your partner or a friend, let alone a health care professional.

In this video, Dr. Don S. Dizon, an oncologist from Massachusetts General Hospital, examines some of the sexual concerns you may face during or after cancer treatment. He talks about both the physical and emotional side effects of cancer that may affect your sexual health, which largely differ for men and women. Most importantly, he provides practical guidance for having this sensitive conversation with your doctor. share on twitter  Sexuality, intimacy, body image, and arousal are all delicate topics. Finding ways to be comfortable talking about them can help your recovery and quality of life. It is possible to share your concerns with your doctor without exposing private details.

A full-text transcript is available.