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Inequalities in sexual care support for prostate cancer patients

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Inequalities in sexual care support for prostate cancer patients

24 May 2022
Living With and Beyond Cancer

A look at the provision of support for men experiencing the sexual side effects of prostate cancer treatment. Who is and who isn't getting help and what are the barriers we need to overcome to improve care.

For far too long there has been silence around the discussion of sexual issues that exist for many patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. From hearing the patients lived experience on many occasions, sexual issues are generally only mentioned with the emphasis on erectile function outcome, often briefly with a sentence that 'you will not be able to get an erection after treatment'  or 'your erections will be fine in six months'. Discussing sexuality, let alone intimacy is often seen as a taboo subject for both patients and healthcare professionals! People do not present as only ‘a prostate’. They may be single, in a relationship, have pre-existing sexual issues and age and relationship status should not be a barrier to receiving this area of care. It is important for quality of life, this includes mental health wellbeing. Now is the time to change and move forward in improving what patients want.  

Speakers
Lorraine Grover, Psychosexual Nurse Specialist - Lorraine Grover, The London Clinic, Harley St.
Will Kinnaird, Uro-oncology Therapeutic Radiographer - University College London Hospitals