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Sexuality and Cancer

February 18, 2020 | AONN+ Blog
Sexuality and Cancer
Breaking down cancer care barriers for the LGBTQI community
Sage Bolte suggests a number of resources for oncology professionals to leverage when speaking with their patients about sexuality.
Sage Bolte reiterates a number of talking points that she believes navigators should be addressing with their patients regarding sexuality, stressing that the conversation, while uncomfortable, is important.
Sage Bolte addresses some common misconceptions around sexuality and cancer, including the perceptions that certain demographics are less burdened than others by how a cancer diagnosis or treatment affects sexuality and intimacy.
Sage Bolte provides an overview of a number of common sexual side effects of cancer treatments, and suggests measures that patients can take to cope with them.
Sage Bolte stresses that it's important as a navigator not to make assumptions to foster trust with your patients, and cites ways to be inclusive when working with patients in the LGBTQI community.
Sage Bolte believes the approach to discussing sexuality with men versus women should always be the same, and it's only the information that changes.
Sage Bolte emphasizes how important the oncology navigator is in normalizing open and honest discussions about sexuality with their patients, and suggests ways for navigators to start the conversation and show that they care about their patients' sexual health.
Sage Bolte defines what sexuality means and how diagnoses of different types of cancer affect a person's sexual self in a variety of ways.

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