Sexuality for the Man With Cancer

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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)

A Guide to Chemotherapy (also in Spanish)

A Guide to Cancer Surgery (also in Spanish)

Fertility and Men With Cancer

Infections That Can Lead to Cancer

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)

Guide to Controlling Cancer Pain (also in Spanish)

Managing side effects

Anemia in People With Cancer

Fatigue in People With Cancer

Managing Incontinence for Men With Cancer


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:

    The Web site has a listing of AASECT-certified counselors and/or therapists.

Web site:

    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:
Web site on teen sexual health:
Web site on teen sexual health in Spanish:

    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:

    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: 1-855-220-7777
Web site:

    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:

    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

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Toll-free number: 1-800-638-8799
Web site:

    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:

    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:

    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:

    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

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

Other publications*

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.

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.

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 We want to help you get well and stay well.

Last Medical Review: 08/19/2013
Last Revised: 08/19/2013