Physical examination of the female cancer patient with sexual concerns: What oncologists and patients should expect from consultation with a specialist

Stacy Tessler Lindau, Emily M. Abramsohn, Shirley R. Baron, Judith Florendo, Hope K. Haefner, Anuja Jhingran, Vanessa Kennedy, Mukta K. Krane, David M. Kushner, Jennifer McComb, Diane F. Merritt, Julie E. Park, Amy Siston, Margaret Straub, Lauren Streicher

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Abstract

Answer questions and earn CME/CNE Sexual concerns are prevalent in women with cancer or cancer history and are a factor in patient decision making about cancer treatment and risk-reduction options. Physical examination of the female cancer patient with sexual concerns, regardless of the type or site of her cancer, is an essential and early component of a comprehensive evaluation and effective treatment plan. Specialized practices are emerging that focus specifically on evaluation and treatment of women with cancer and sexual function problems. As part of a specialized evaluation, oncologists and their patients should expect a thorough physical examination to identify or rule out physical causes of sexual problems or dysfunction. This review provides oncology professionals with a description of the physical examination of the female cancer patient with sexual function concerns. This description aims to inform anticipatory guidance for the patient and to assist in interpreting specialists' findings and recommendations. In centers or regions where specialized care is not yet available, this review can also be used by oncology practices to educate and support health care providers interested in expanding their practices to treat women with cancer and sexual function concerns. CA Cancer J Clin 2016;66:241-263.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-263
Number of pages23
JournalCA Cancer Journal for Clinicians
Volume66
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cancer
  • female
  • physical examination
  • sexual dysfunction
  • survivorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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    Lindau, S. T., Abramsohn, E. M., Baron, S. R., Florendo, J., Haefner, H. K., Jhingran, A., Kennedy, V., Krane, M. K., Kushner, D. M., McComb, J., Merritt, D. F., Park, J. E., Siston, A., Straub, M., & Streicher, L. (2016). Physical examination of the female cancer patient with sexual concerns: What oncologists and patients should expect from consultation with a specialist. CA Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 66(3), 241-263. https://doi.org/10.3322/caac.21337