As many of us know all too well, a cancer diagnosis affects a person’s life in just about every conceivable area, including your sex life. Any kind of cancer does this, of course, but breast cancer adds another whole dimension to this conversation for obvious reasons. After all, sex and breasts, is it even possible to have a conversation about one without the other? Maybe. Maybe not. There are so many side effects from treatment to contend with, many directly impacting your sex life. Are you nodding your head yet?
I support research of many sorts, so when I was asked to share about a research project dealing with cancer’s impact on sexuality, I said yes. This particular research study is for women ages 21-40 at the time of diagnosis. You also need to be less than five years out from your diagnosis.
Originally this study was going to be stage limited, not including stage IV individuals. Had this been the case, I would have said no. I am happy to report the leaders of the study changed the stage requirement and I applaud them for doing so because as we all know, stage 4 patients are left out in the cold way too often.
So, about the study…
The study is called, “Sex, Spirituality and Breast Cancer,” and is being led by Dr. Cheryl Fisher, NCC, LCPC (a licensed clinical professional counselor) and has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of Loyola University Maryland. Results will be presented at the 2016 American Counseling Association’s annual conference in Montreal, Canada. This study has also been submitted to the Annual Oncology Nurse Specialist Conference to be held in San Antonio (I’m not sure when this is). “The intent of this study is to better prepare clinicians to better prepare survivors.”
Here’s what the flyer says:
My research team would like to talk with you and your spouse about how breast cancer has influenced sexual expression in your marriage. Research indicates that doctors, nurses and therapists aren’t addressing the vital questions and concerns about changes in sexual expression that result from breast cancer treatment. We want to change this… and need your help.
So if you might be interested in participating in this study, download the flyer info and give it further consideration. If you don’t qualify, you can pass this information along to someone who might. Heaven knows this issue needs more discussion.
Here’s a flyer link: Loyola SEX Flyer#2-PRINT
For more info, you can email Dr. Fisher privately. Her email address is in the flyer info. You can also ask questions with a comment below and Dr. Fisher will try to answer them.
Do you like to participate in research studies?
Why or why not?
Has your breast cancer diagnosis impacted your sex life negatively and have your issues been addressed, or even discussed with any professional?
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