A cancer diagnosis can adversely impact an individual’s sexuality and body image. This Course examines why this may be the case, and offers strategies for health professionals to address sexuality and body image concerns.
- The impact of a cancer diagnosis on intimacy and body image
- Myths about sex and cancer
- Overcoming barriers to addressing sexual concerns
- Skills for addressing sexual and body image concerns
Health professionals who care for people diagnosed with cancer, and their loved ones. It may also be useful for individuals who, in their personal lives, may provide care and support for a loved one experiencing cancer.
The purpose of this Course is to build knowledge and confidence around the impact of a cancer diagnosis on a person's sexuality and body image.
A person's sexuality and their body image may form an important part of their identity and can be significantly affected by a cancer diagnosis. Interventions are effective and a key area of comprehensive holistic cancer care.
However, sexual and body image concerns are often not addressed by health professionals, and patients themselves typically do not raise the topic, despite wanting more information. This Course closes barriers to addressing sexuality and body image by enhancing a health professional’s comfort and skill level to do so appropriately.
- Explain the impact that a cancer diagnosis can have on a person's sexual functioning and body image
- Describe some of the barriers nurses may encounter when addressing sexuality and body image
- Identify skills required for addressing sexual and body image concerns
No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.
Dr Katharine Hodgkinson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 18 years’ experience in client care, research and education. Katharine currently leads a team of Clinical and Consulting Psychologists at HeadwayHealth providing a range of psychological interventions to support to those affected by a cancer and other heath and emotional concerns. Katharine has published numerous research papers and several book chapters in cancer care, and co-edited the book “Psychosocial Care of Cancer Patients. A Health Professional’s Guide to What to Say and Do” (Hodgkinson K and Gilchrist J, Ausmed Publications, 2008). See Educator Profile