Author: University of Central Florida
Published: 12th Jan 2015 - Updated: 25th Oct 2022
Peer-Reviewed Publication: Yes
Additional References: Sexual Dysfunction Publications
Summary: Many cancer survivors face physical and mental challenges resulting from their disease and its treatment.
From physical problems such as sexual dysfunction to anxiety about getting cancer again to financial hardships 20 years later related to treatment, survivors continue to fight long after the actual disease is defeated.
That's the conclusion of a study led by University of Central Florida social work professor Mary Ann Burg and published today online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.
"Overall, we found that cancer survivors are often caught off guard by the lingering problems they experience after cancer treatment. In the wake of cancer, many survivors feel they have lost a sense of personal control, have reduced quality of life, and are frustrated that these problems are not sufficiently addressed within the medical care system," Burg said.
Burg believes the findings could help clinicians and other experts develop interventions that are tailored to the specific types of problems and concerns that cancer survivors may experience.
Finding ways to help will become increasingly important because more cancer patients are living many years after treatment, with the number of U.S. survivors expected to top 19 million by 2024. While many survivors do well after treatment, some experience continuing problems that can significantly impair their quality of life well beyond the 5-year survival milestone. These problems and challenges can vary by the type of cancer patients had and the treatments they received.
To assess the unmet needs of cancer survivors, Burg and her colleagues looked at the responses from an American Cancer Society survey, wherein 1,514 cancer survivors responded to the open-ended question, 'Please tell us about any needs you have now as a cancer survivor that ARE NOT being met to your satisfaction.'
"This study was unique in that it gave a very large sample of cancer survivors a real voice to express their needs and concerns," Burg said.
Survivors most frequently expressed physical problems, with 38 percent saying they were an issue.
(Problems related to sexuality and incontinence among prostate cancer survivors were especially common.) Financial problems related to the costs of treatment also persisted long after treatment for 20 percent of respondents, with Black and Hispanic survivors being especially hard-hit.
Anxiety about recurrence was a common theme expressed by survivors regardless of the type of cancer they had or how many years they had survived cancer. The number and type of unmet needs were not associated with time since cancer treatment.
Burg noted that improvements are needed concerning public awareness of cancer survivors' problems, honest professional communication about the side effects of cancer, and the coordination of medical care resources to help survivors and their families cope with their lingering challenges.
"Current unmet needs of cancer survivors: Analysis of open-ended responses to the American Cancer Society Study of Cancer Survivors II." CANCER, Published Online: January 12, 2015 (DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28951).
The authors are Burg; Gail Adorno and Cara Wallace from the University of Texas at Arlington; Ellen D. S. Lopez and Dinghy Kristine B. Sharma from the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Victoria Loerzel from the UCF's College of Nursing; and Kevin Stein from the American Cancer Society.
Sexual Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors | University of Central Florida. SexualDiversity.org makes no warranties or representations in connection therewith. Content may have been edited for style, clarity or length.
|Latest Sexual Dysfunction Publications|
The above information is from our reference library of resources relating to Sexual Dysfunction that includes:
|A Tale of Three Women: Vaginismus, Menopause, and Sexual Anhedonia|
Three women with separate stories of sexual issues and discoveries.
Publish Date: 31st Jan 2023
|Female Cancer Treatment Sexual Side Effects Often Unaddressed|
The study highlights gender disparity in how frequently doctors and clinical trials assess the impact of treatment on sexual health.
Publish Date: 22nd Oct 2022 - Updated: 24th Oct 2022
|Exercise Improves Erectile and Sexual Function in Males|
Recent study reveals men who exercise more have better erectile and sexual function, regardless of race.
Publish Date: 29th Mar 2015 - Updated: 24th Oct 2022
|Sexual Dysfunction and Women with Primary Sjogren's Syndrome|
Those affected experience dryness of eyes and mouth, and a variety of other symptoms such as extreme fatigue and arthritis.
Publish Date: 8th Feb 2015
1How Many Genders Are There?
Alphabetical list of gender identities.
2Transgender Reporting Guide
How to write about transgender people.
3Glossary of Sexuality Terms
Definitions of sexual terms & acronyms.
4Glossary of Gender Terms
Definitions of gender related terms.
5Am I Gay? Questions to Ask
Think you may be gay or bisexual?
• Submissions: Send us your coming events and LGBTQ related news stories.
• Report Errors: Please report outdated or inaccurate information to us.
• (APA): University of Central Florida. (2015, January 12). Sexual Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved November 29, 2023 from www.sexualdiversity.org/sexuality/health/dysfunction/307.php
• Permalink: <a href="https://www.sexualdiversity.org/sexuality/health/dysfunction/307.php">Sexual Dysfunction in Cancer Survivors</a>