- Sex and Men With Cancer (Overview)
- How a man’s body works
- Keeping your sex life going despite cancer treatment
- How cancer treatments affect your sex life
- Surgery and sex
- Radiation and sex
- Chemotherapy (chemo) and sex
- Hormone treatment and sex
- Mental and emotional effects of cancer treatment
- Fathering children and cancer treatment
- Dealing with sexual problems after cancer treatment
- The single man and cancer
- Frequently asked questions about sex and cancer
- Finding professional help for sexual problems during and after cancer treatment
- To learn more about other topics related to sex and cancer
To learn more about other topics related to sex and cancer
More information from your American Cancer Society
We have selected some related information that may also be helpful to you. Free copies of these materials may be ordered from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or they can be read on our website at www.cancer.org.
More on sex and fertility
Sexuality for Men With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Coping with cancer
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)
Anxiety, Fear, and Depression (also in Spanish)
Cancer treatment and side effects
Understanding Chemotherapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Cancer Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain (also in Spanish)
Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at cancer.org/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order.
National organizations and Websites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Has a listing of AASECT-certified counselors and/or therapists
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Toll-free number: 1-800-638-8799
Provides a directory of clinical social workers, as well as information and tip sheets on dealing with a wide variety of issues, including cancer
American Sexual Health Association (ASHA)
Telephone number: 919-361-8400
Telephone number for STI (sexually transmitted infections) Resource Center: 919-361-8488
Web site: www.ashastd.org
Website on teen sexual health: www.iwannaknow.org
Website on teen sexual health in Spanish: www.quierosaber.org
For information and print materials on STIs and how to prevent and treat them
For up-to-date news and information about sexual health. Also has “Find A Provider” – a tool to find a medical provider who specializes in sexual health near you.
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Telephone number: 205-978-5000
For fact sheets and booklets about adoption, genetic screening for birth defects, infertility, in vitro fertilization, sexual dysfunction, reproduction information for cancer patients, and other topics related to reproduction
Fertile Hope (a LIVESTRONG initiative)
Toll-free number: 1-866-235-7205
Offers reproductive information and support to cancer patients whose treatments can cause infertility. Has information on fertility risks and options; financial aid for newly diagnosed cancer patients wishing to preserve fertility through sperm banking (must meet eligibility criteria); referrals to fertility specialists; and more on research studies and trials. Also has a kit you can buy to collect sperm at home and mail to a sperm bank.
Health care resources for men who have sex with men
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Has an online Provider Directory, which allows you to search for primary care providers, specialists, therapists, dentists, and other health professionals by geographic area; fact sheets specific to gay, lesbian, and transgender people; and information on transgender health resources
Other reading materials*
Books on sexuality
Katz, A. Man Cancer Sex. Pittsburgh: Hygeia Media, 2010.
Korda M. Man to Man: Surviving Prostate Cancer. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.
Mulhall, John P. Saving Your Sex Life: A Guide for Men with Prostate Cancer. Hilton Publishing, 2008.
Schover, Leslie R. Sexuality and Fertility After Cancer. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 1997.
Schover, Leslie R. and Anthony Thomas. Overcoming Male Infertility: Understanding Its Causes and Treatments. New York. John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
Zilbergeld B. The New Male Sexuality: The Truth About Men, Sex, and Pleasure. New York: Bantam Books, 1999.
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 05/16/2013
Last Revised: 06/12/2013