- Cancer, sex, and sexuality
- How the male body works sexually
- Keeping your sex life going despite cancer treatment
- Erections and pelvic surgery to treat cancer
- Erections and pelvic radiation therapy
- Erections and chemotherapy
- Erections, desire, and hormone therapy
- Erections and the psychological effects of cancer treatment
- Ejaculation and cancer treatment
- Fertility and cancer treatment
- How common cancer treatments can affect sexuality and fertility
- Dealing with sexual problems
- Dealing with short-term problems
- Finding the cause of problems that appear to be permanent
- When is sexual counseling helpful?
- Is there a pill that will cure sexual problems?
- Is there a way to restore erections if the nerves or blood supply of the penis has been damaged?
- Methods to help with erections
- 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 aspects of some cancer treatments
- Feeling good about yourself and feeling good about sex
- Chemotherapy changes the way you look
- Changing negative thoughts
- Overcoming depression
- Dealing with grief and loss
- Rebuilding self-esteem
- Good communication: The key to building a successful sexual relationship
- Overcoming anxiety about sex
- Rekindling sexual interest
- Sexual activity with your partner
- The single man and cancer
- Men who have sex with men
- Frequently asked questions
- Professional help
- About the American Cancer Society
- Additional resources
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.
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also available in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also available in Spanish)
Understanding Chemotherapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also available in Spanish)
Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also available in Spanish)
Listen With Your Heart (also available in Spanish)
Anxiety, Fear, and Depression (also available in Spanish)
Pain Control: A Guide for Those With Cancer and Their Loved Ones (also available in Spanish)
HIV Infection and AIDS (also available in Spanish)
Prostate Cancer (also available in Spanish)
Managing Incontinence After Treatment for Prostate Cancer
Bladder Cancer (also available in Spanish)
Colorectal Cancer (also available in Spanish)
Colostomy: A Guide (also available in Spanish)
Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer (also available in Spanish)
Salivary Gland Cancer (also available in Spanish)
Sarcoma – Adult Soft Tissue Cancer (also available in Spanish)
The following 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 Sex 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.
American Social 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
For information and print materials on sexually transmitted infections 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
Livestrong Sharing Hope program
Toll-free number: 1-866-235-7205
Web site: www.livestrong.org
Increases access to fertility preservation options for men and women diagnosed with cancer. This program has partnered with fertility centers and sperm banks across the US to offer discounted rates for these important services.
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 on the Internet; a registry of speech instructors for laryngectomees; 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, makeup, 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
For 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
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 persons; and information on transgender health resources
Books on sexuality for men and women
Cutler Winifred, and Celso-Ramon Garcia. Menopause: A Guide for Women and Those Who Love Them. New York: W.W. Norton, 1993.
Katz, Anne. Man Cancer Sex. Pittsburgh: Hygeia Media, 2010.
Korda M. Man to Man: Surviving Prostate Cancer. New York: Vintage Books, 1997.
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: 10/28/2011
Last Revised: 10/28/2011