- Cancer, sex, and sexuality
- How the female body works sexually
- Keeping your sex life going despite cancer treatment
- Effects of pelvic surgery for cancer on sexual function
- Radical hysterectomy
- Radical cystectomy
- Abdominoperineal resection
- Surgery for cancer of the vulva (vulvectomy)
- Pelvic exenteration
- Sex and pelvic radiation therapy
- Sex and chemotherapy
- Sex and hormone therapy
- Surgery for breast cancer can affect sexuality, too
- Summary table of how some common cancer treatments can affect sexuality and fertility
- Dealing with sexual problems
- Vaginal dryness
- Premature menopause
- Coping with the loss of a body part
- Reaching orgasm after cancer treatment
- Preventing pain during sex
- 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 woman and cancer
- Frequently asked questions about sex and cancer
- Professional help
- American Cancer Society programs
- To learn more
American Cancer Society programs
The American Cancer Society is here for you — before, during, and after a cancer diagnosis. We help people by giving them up-to-date cancer information, programs, and referrals. Check your local phone book for an American Cancer Society office near you or reach us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345. You can also find us online at www.cancer.org. Contact us to learn more about our programs and what we can do to help you get well and stay well.
American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program
The health care system can be hard to figure out on your own, but there is help. The American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program offers personalized support to help you stay on track with your treatment and care. A navigator is a trained staff person who meets with you one-on-one, identifies your specific needs, and provides information, resources, and support. All of this help is free to you and your caregivers in your cancer treatment facility or hospital. Call us to locate the patient navigator in your facility or in your area.
Cancer Resource Centers
A Cancer Resource Center is a place in your community for you to get free answers to many of your questions about cancer. These centers have trained American Cancer Society volunteers and staff who can help you find the information, programs, and services you and your family need.
Cancer Survivors NetworkSM
The Cancer Survivors Network is a free online community created by and for people with cancer and their families. This online community is a welcoming, safe place for people to find hope and inspiration from others who have “been there.” Services include discussion boards, chat rooms, and personal Web space to tell your story, blog, post images, exchange private messages with members, and much more. Check it out at http://csn.cancer.org.
The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Network offers people with cancer and their families a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for quality care is far from home. By not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging, Hope Lodge guests can focus on getting well. And Hope Lodge offers much more than just free lodging. It provides a nurturing, home-like environment where patients and caregivers can retreat to private rooms or connect with others who are dealing with cancer and cancer treatment. The Society can tell you if there are other resources offering free or low-cost lodging in cities where a Hope Lodge is not available.
I Can Cope®
This is a free educational program for adults with cancer and their families. Doctors, nurses, social workers, and other experts teach classes on different topics, such as cancer treatments, dealing with side effects, eating healthy, sharing concerns, finding resources, and more. I Can Cope classes are offered online at http://cancer.org/onlineclasses.
Look Good Feel Better®
Some cancer treatments can change the way you look. At a Look Good Feel Better session, you can learn ways to help with side effects like hair loss and skin changes. There are also programs for men and teens. This free program is offered jointly by the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, and the Professional Beauty Association. For more information, call 1-800-395-5665 (1-800-395-LOOK) or your local American Cancer Society office.
Reach To Recovery®
If you have breast cancer, you may want to talk to someone who knows what you’re feeling — someone who has “been there.” We can help through our free Reach To Recovery program. You will be matched with a trained breast cancer survivor who will give you information, resource referrals, and support. Efforts are made to match you with a volunteer with similar criteria, such as diagnosis, treatment type, and age. They know what it’s like to hear the words “You have breast cancer” and can talk with you about coping with diagnosis and treatment.
Road To Recovery®
Every day, thousands of cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. If finding a ride is a problem for you, we may be able to help. Our Road To Recovery program provides free rides to and from treatment for people with cancer who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. Volunteer drivers donate their time and the use of their cars so that patients can get the lifesaving treatments they need.
Tender Loving Care, or “tlc,” is the American Cancer Society’s direct mail/online catalog and magazine for women. It offers helpful articles and a line of products made for women fighting cancer. Products include wigs, hairpieces, breast forms, post-mastectomy bras, hats, turbans, swimwear, and accessories. You can order by phone at 1-800-850-9445 or online at www.tlcdirect.org. All proceeds from product sales go back into the American Cancer Society’s programs and services for patients and survivors.
Last Medical Review: 02/25/2013
Last Revised: 02/25/2013