The ability to interact intimately is one of the natural pleasures and joys of life. But cancer and cancer treatment can affect sexual health in a number of ways. Cancer surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy and other treatments may result in changes to anatomy and function, body image, libido and other factors that affect sexual life. Women at high risk for cancer who undergo preventive surgery or medical treatment may also experience sexual issues. These side effects are real and important to address.
The whole reason you go through cancer treatment is to live life. Being sexual is a part of life and worthy of whatever priority it needs to get it back.Melissa Moffitt, MD
Conditions We Treat
The most common sexual side effects women face include:
- Pain with intercourse
- Lack of interest and low libido
- Vulvar or vaginal dryness
- Physical changes to the breasts, vagina, skin and other body areas
- Changing body image
- Lack of pleasure or difficulty reaching orgasm
- Anxiety, depression and fear regarding intimacy
How We Can Help
We understand that these issues may be difficult to talk about. A visit at our clinic will include a physical exam and compassionate woman-to-woman discussion with gynecologic oncologist Melissa Moffitt, MD. She will take the time to hear you and offer real solutions to help you regain a healthy sexual life. Some of the approaches she may recommend include:
- Pelvic physical therapy
- Adjusting medications
- Procedures to correct function, address pain and/or scarring
- Lubricants, creams and other devices
Who is Eligible?
Any female Roswell Park patient or survivor experiencing side effects related to cancer, its treatment or prevention, that affect their sexual life.