Cancer And Sexual Life

Does cancer always affect sexual life? What are the effects of cancer on sexual life?

Cancer is a process that threatens life and confronts death. However, cancer is not only lethal but a curable disease. With the new treatment methods, life expectancy of cancer patients is prolonged. This has made the quality of life issue even more important. Depending on the stage of diagnosis, cancer is now on the list of chronic diseases. Diagnosis and treatment of cancer affects all areas of life, all kinds of relationships and relationships with life, and naturally affects sexuality.

The person experiences the feeling that his / her plans, expectations, wishes and life are over. In the period of denial of the disease, the person who acts as if there is nothing may feel the need to have sexual intercourse more often than the routine. Intensive reluctance may occur during treatment and admission processes due to both physical and psychological reasons. Physical problems, pain and illness in the disease and treatment processes can also cause damage to the self image. The depressive mood may also aggravate the problem.

People with sexual partners may have more advantages in some subjects than those who do not. Emotional and social support is extremely important. This will also be useful if people without sexual partners receive support from close friends and family support systems. But instead of withdrawing from relationships due to illness, it may be beneficial to go against anxiety.

What kind of psychological-sexual treatment support can the cancer patient and his / her sexual partner receive?

It is very important to talk about how illness and sexuality are affected, and to share concerns and fears. Most of the time, people choose to hide all their emotions in order not to hurt each other. However, what seems to be this understanding worsens the situation over time. Sexuality is not just sexual intercourse. For example, people can touch each other, fantasy together, masturbate. The goal here is to achieve orgasm, provide a full hardness and so on. It is not. The aim is the continuation of sexual activity and sharing.

What affects sexual desire in the treatment of cancer?
,There may be many factors that negatively affect sexual desire and sexual life:

Physical problems experienced during chemotherapy treatment,
Loss of sexual appeal from hair loss,
The mourning of an organ that has been lost as a result of treatment, such as a woman’s breast in breast cancer treatment, or the mood of a man who has experienced testicular cancer and has lost his testicle.
Discomfort caused by surgical scars
All of these can trigger depressive processes and trigger hidden disorders. In addition, it creates difficulty in showing the body.

What kind of support can be received after cancer treatment?
In fact, the patient (s) and their relatives should receive psychological and psychiatric support from the day of diagnosis. Psychological support should include sexual treatment support. Supports include individual or group psychotherapies as well as psychiatric medications. Drug treatment should be arranged by the physician according to the patient.

Will the support for cancer treatment work?

The definition used for most diseases is sick, there is no disease. The way each patient experiences and copes with the disease is also associated with it. Capacity to receive support, treatment compliance, patience, individual ways of coping, such as history. Psychological and social support is very important when dealing with cancer. Sexuality is an important sharing between people, from convergence, touching, making love to talking. Because of the illness, one does not have to give up. It is therefore likely that supports will work psychologically.

What can a sexual partner do with cancer?

Having a sexual partner’s cancer is as traumatic as having a cancer. The fear and reality of losing the loved one is psychologically very hurtful. The person may have difficulty both in trying to remain calm and in supporting the patient’s relative. The disease process is exhausting, exhausting and unspoken. At the same time, some problems and anger in the relationship are tried to be ignored, but at the same time there is a risk of becoming more complex. This will wear out the relationship over time and may cause breaks. Psychological and psychiatric problems may occur. One should not play a role while supporting the patient partner. Many patients complain about this condition. Sexuality, pleasant memories can be spoken. It is also important to protect the desire when it cannot find its own space. In this process, it is necessary to get support from the relevant experts.

What kinds of sexual problems can cancer cause in couples’ relationships?
During and after treatment:


Loss of sexual desire
Vaginal dryness and related painful sexual intercourse that may be related to the drugs used
Difficulty in orgasm
Painful sexual intercourse
Avoiding sex rituals (not making love in the light, not wanting to look naked, discomfort from appearing the body…)


Loss of sexual desire
Erectile dysfunction
Premature ejaculation
Late ejaculation
Difficulty in orgasm
Avoidance in sex rituals (not making love in the light, not wanting to look naked, discomfort from appearing the body…)

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Sefa Ozer
Sefa Ozer
Currently studying psychology and researching cognitive behavioral therapy. Also have studied comprative literature,interested in gender studies,. Loves helping people playing video games, music and dancing.
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