Friday, 21 March 2014

Breast cancer treatment may be affecting patient's sex drives

A new study led by SPHPM's Professor Susan Davis and Professor Robin Bell has found that almost three quarters of Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer will experience a downturn in their sex lives.

With the support of Bupa Health Foundation, the Women’s Health Program, Monash University, are leading Australia’s first longitudinal study into the challenges faced by 1,684 breast cancer survivors and their quality of life.

 Entitled ‘Health and Wellbeing after Breast Cancer Study’, the research found that 83% of women involved in the study described their sex life as “good” prior to learning they had breast cancer. But within two years of being diagnosed, 70% were experiencing sexual function problems.
“The majority of women diagnosed have a hormone sensitive breast cancer and receive treatment to starve the cancer of oestrogen,” Davis said.
“And while this kind of therapy is instrumental in helping fight the cancer, it’s important that women understand sexual function problems are often one of this treatment’s side effects.






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