Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer

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Here’s more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our website,

More about cancer and cancer treatment

After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

A Guide to Chemotherapy (also in Spanish)

Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)

A Guide to Cancer Surgery (also in Spanish)

Fertility and Women With Cancer

Menopausal Hormone Therapy and Cancer Risk (also in Spanish)

Infections That Can Lead to Cancer

Ileostomy: A Guide (also in Spanish)

Colostomy: A Guide (also in Spanish)

Urostomy: A Guide (also in Spanish)

More about coping with cancer

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)

Cancer treatment side effects

Anemia in People With Cancer

Fatigue in People With Cancer

Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy (also in Spanish)

Understanding Lymphedema (For Cancers Other Than Breast Cancer)


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 to find out about costs or to place an order.

Couples Confronting Cancer: Keeping Your Relationship Strong

Chemo & Me: My Hair Loss Experience

What Helped Me Get Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope

National organizations and websites*

American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Telephone number: 202-449-1099

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

American Sexual Health Association (ASHA)
Telephone number: 919-361-8400
Telephone number for STI (sexually transmitted infections) Resource Center: 919-361-8488
Website on teen sexual health:
Website 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

    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

    Offers reproductive information, support, and hope to cancer patients whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. Programs include: information on fertility risks and options for patients; financial aid for newly diagnosed cancer patients wishing to preserve their fertility through egg freezing, embryo freezing, or sperm banking (must meet eligibility criteria); referrals to doctors who specialize in fertility; and information on current research studies and trials.

Foundation for Women’s Cancer
Toll-free number: 1-800-444-4441

    Provides free information about how to prevent, detect, and treat gynecologic cancer and the publication “Renewing Intimacy After Gynecologic Cancer.” The Women’s Cancer Network website,, also has a “survivor section” featuring articles about fertility, sexuality, and quality of life, and is aimed at creating an online community for women with cancer.

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 (online clubs are also available); 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:

    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.

Lesbian health care resources*

Brownworth VA (ed.). Coming out of Cancer: Writings from the Lesbian Cancer Epidemic. Seattle, WA: Seal Press, 2000.

Gay & 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*

Barbach, Lonnie. For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality. New York: Signet, 2000. (Self-help guide for women having trouble reaching orgasm)

Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. Our Bodies, Ourselves: A new edition for a new era. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005. (Comprehensive information on women’s health, including sexual physiology and sexuality)

Cutler, Winnifred, and Celso-Ramón Garcia. Menopause: A Guide for Women and Those Who Love Them. New York: Norton, 1993.

Heiman, Julia, and Joseph LoPiccolo. Becoming Orgasmic: A Sexual and Personal Growth Program for Women. New York: Prentice Hall, 1988. (Comprehensive information on women’s sexuality)

Schover, Leslie R. Sexuality and Fertility After Cancer. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997.

*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

Last Medical Review: 08/29/2013
Last Revised: 08/29/2013