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Answering important questions about cancer and sexuality

Cancer patients and their families have questions about their symptoms, their treatment, their recovery – and how all this affects their sexuality.

“Questions about our sexuality and cancer have always been there, but we are talking about iImportant questionst more often and more openly today,” says Dr. Deborah McLeod, a member of the Psychosocial Oncology Team with the Capital Health Cancer Care Program. 

These are important conversations. Up to 50% of people affected by cancer have one or more sexual concerns, and many of these persist for years after treatment. “Most cancer treatments have some impact on sexuality – physical, psychological, emotional, and relational,” notes Dr. McLeod.

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