Breast cancer and sexuality

Sheppard, Lorraine A., and Ely, Sally (2008) Breast cancer and sexuality. Breast Journal, 14 (2). pp. 176-181.

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Breast cancer affects a woman's body image and feelings of sexuality. Little is known about the perceptions of spouses to the sensitive topics of sexuality and body image. A qualitative inquiry was undertaken using in-depth interviews. A diagnosis of breast cancer brought some relationships closer. Mastectomy by disturbing body image did obliterate sexual relationships for a significant period of time. Women often felt (wrongly) that their partner would be repulsed by changes. More support in relation to sexuality and body image could improve relationships by identifying and clarifying perceptions, and therefore the quality of life.

Item ID: 6039
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1524-4741
Keywords: body image; meninges and choroid plexus; breast cancer; sexuality
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Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2010 01:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 100%
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