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85% of women with breast cancer reported changes to sexual well-being, with most wanting information on these changes
  1. Susan Williamson
  1. School of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Susan Williamson
    School of Health, University of Central Lancashire, Brook Building, Preston PR1 2HE, Lancashire, UK; swilliamson2{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Women need to be informed about the effect of treatment for breast cancer on sexual well-being.

  • Routine assessment of sexual well-being prior to, and on completion of, treatment for breast cancer should be conducted.

  • The training and resource needs of healthcare professionals should be identified to enable them to provide more information on sexual well-being.


Cancer treatment affects sexuality and physical intimacy during and often long after completion of treatment, with many cancer survivors suffering from permanent sexual dysfunction.1 ,2 However, discussions relating to the effect of cancer treatment on sexual function are rarely initiated by healthcare professionals either prior to treatment or during routine follow-up.1–4 …

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