- Cancer, sex, and sexuality
- How the male body works sexually
- How pelvic surgery to treat cancer can affect erections
- How pelvic radiation therapy can affect erections
- How chemotherapy can affect erections
- The psychological effects of cancer treatment on erections
- How cancer treatment can affect ejaculation
- How cancer treatment can affect fertility
- How cancer treatment can affect sexual desire and response
- How cancer treatments can affect sexuality and fertility
- Dealing with sexual problems
- What treatments are available to help with erections?
- When is sexual counseling helpful?
- Can testosterone restore sexual functioning?
- What about herbs or natural cures for erection problems?
- Is there a way to make orgasms as intense as they used to be?
- Special concerns linked to certain cancers and their treatment
- Feeling good about yourself and feeling good about sex
- Chemotherapy also changes the way you look
- Overcoming depression
- Dealing with grief and loss
- Good communication: The key to building a successful sexual relationship
- Overcoming anxiety about sex
- Rekindling sexual interest
- Sexual activity with your partner
- Keeping your sex life going despite cancer treatment
- The single man and cancer
- Men who have sex with men
- Frequently asked questions
- Professional help
- American Cancer Society programs
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To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
We have selected some related information that may also be helpful to you. These materials may be ordered from our toll-free number at 1-800-227-2345.
Cancer and its treatment
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Chemotherapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Cancer Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Colostomy: A Guide (also in Spanish)
Ileostomy: A Guide (also in Spanish)
Urostomy: A Guide (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)
Listen With Your Heart (also in Spanish)
Anxiety, Fear, and Depression (also in Spanish)
Pain Control: A Guide for Those With Cancer and Their Loved Ones (also in Spanish)
Managing side effects
These and many other books are available from the American Cancer Society. Call us to ask about costs or to place your order.
Couples Confronting Cancer: Keeping Your Relationship Strong
What Helped Me Get Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope
National organizations and Web sites*
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Telephone number: 202-449-1099
Web site: www.aasect.org
The Web site has a listing of AASECT-certified counselors and/or therapists.
Web site: www.sexhealthmatters.org
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 Sexual Health Association (ASHA)
Telephone number: 919-361-8400
Telephone for STI (sexually transmitted infections) Resource Center: 919-361-8488
Web site: www.ashastd.org
Web site on teen sexual health: www.iwannaknow.org
Web site on teen sexual health in Spanish: www.quierosaber.org
For information and print materials on STIs and how to prevent and treat them
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Telephone number: 205-978-5000
Web site: www.asrm.org
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
Web site: www.fertilehope.org
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 egg freezing, embryo freezing, or sperm banking (must meet eligibility criteria); referrals to doctors who specialize in fertility; and more on current research studies and trials. Also has a kit you can buy to collect sperm at home and mail to a sperm bank.
The International Association of Laryngectomees (IAL)
Toll-free number: 1-866-425-3678 (1-866-IAL-FORU)
Web site: www.theial.com
Offers programs to learn to manage a laryngectomy; a directory of vendors for laryngectomy supplies, including communication devices, stoma covers, “neck breather” bracelets, and more; laryngectomee clubs in more than 11 countries and online; a registry of alaryngeal (post-laryngectomy) speech instructors; newsletters; and educational materials
Let’s Face It
Web site: www.dent.umich.edu/faceit
Online resource for people with changes to the face (caused by things like head and neck cancer surgery) and their loved ones. Lifestyle tips cover topics such as self-esteem, eating, pain management, and more.
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Toll-free number: 1-800-638-8799
Web site: www.helpstartshere.org
Provides a directory of clinical social workers, as well as information and tip sheets on dealing with a wide variety of issues, including cancer
United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA)
Toll-free number: 1-800-826-0826
Web site: www.uoaa.org
Provides information, online support groups, discussion boards, and conferences to people with intestinal or urinary diversions (ostomies)
WebWhispers Nu-Voice Club (for people with cancer of the larynx)
Telephone number: 301-588-2352
Web site: www.webwhispers.org
Provides information about larynx cancer treatments, surgery, recovery, and what life is like after a laryngectomy. Also has a complete listing of laryngectomee suppliers, an online newsletter, and online support groups and discussion boards.
Health care resources for men who have sex with men*
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
Web site: www.glma.org
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
Books on sexuality for men and women
Katz, Anne. 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. We want to help you get well and stay well.
Last Medical Review: 08/19/2013
Last Revised: 08/19/2013