- Question from KT: My partner and I have become very distant emotionally and sexually and I think I'm the one asking the serious questions, like is this really good enough for me? How do you know what's real and what's a result of the aftermath of the breast cancer?
- Answers - Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. Whatever you experience has reality. It may be related to the breast cancer but often breast cancer exaggerates the problems that were already there. Relationships rarely change completely because of breast cancer. They just become more true to what they were before.
- Marisa Weiss, M.D. There is no question that after any life-threatening challenge, you come to realize what's important to you and how precious you and the people in your life are. If you find yourself in a relationship that is unfulfilling, after a breast cancer diagnosis, you may all of a sudden feel an urgency to make it great. I think it's worth your stopping, looking around, listening, and thinking about what you share together and what you hoped you could have in a relationship together. Be patient, but also be open minded to making changes if you think they are necessary.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Intimacy and Sexuality featured Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how breast cancer diagnosis and treatment affect your sex life.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2001.
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