Study: Few Women Get Help about Sexual Issues After Treatment

by: cancercompass

According to a new study published by researchers at The University of Chicago Medical Center, doctors rarely discuss sexual health issues with women after receiving gynecologic or breast cancer treatments.

"Some women have the courage to raise sexual concerns with their doctor, although repeated studies show they prefer the doctor to initiate the discussion," Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, a senior author of the study, noted in a news release. "Physicians will often empathize with a patient's concerns, but struggle with a lack of knowledge about how to help."

Lindau and her team of researchers surveyed 261 patients who ranged in age from 21 to 88. They discovered that only seven percent of participants asked their doctors about their sexual issues, while 42 percent of participants wanted to receive more information about their sexual health.

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