Why isn't sex discussed during treatment?

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Question from Frustrated: In all the pamphlets they give you to prepare for a future with breast cancer, all the doctor appointments, all the survivor stories, I can't remember this subject ever coming up. Of course survival is the ultimate goal, but I think all aspects should be addressed! Why do you think this subject is bypassed?
Answers - Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. I think that doctors in the oncology clinics and even the nurses and social workers are often so pressured to see as many patients as possible that it's hard for them to take the time to discuss things that aren't the highest medical priority.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Sex, Intimacy, and Breast Cancer featured Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. and Kara Nakisbendi, M.D.answering your questions about sexual side effects of breast cancer and breast cancer treatment, and what you can do about them.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2008.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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