Holistic sexuality post gynaecological cancer treatment: A review of recent literature

SA Journal of Oncology

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Title Holistic sexuality post gynaecological cancer treatment: A review of recent literature
Creator Pitcher, Sorrel Adams, Tracey van Wijk, Leon Fakie, Nazia Saidu, Rakiya Denny, Lynette Moodley, Jennifer
Subject gynae-oncology; public health; sexology gynae-oncology; sexual functioning; sexuality post treatment
Description Background: Sexual difficulties post gynaecological cancer treatment are commonplace and can impact multiple aspects of a woman’s life. Yet, health care practitioners remain reluctant to discuss sexuality from a holistic perspective with their patients.Aim: This article reviewed the literature on sexuality post gynaecological cancer treatment from the last 10 years. The aim was to understand research trends as well as identify gaps in the field.Methods: The review was framed using the neo-theoretical framework of sexuality. A comprehensive literature search, using the electronic databases EBSCOHost, Ovid, Clinical Key and PubMed, was conducted for articles concentrating on sexuality after gynaecological cancer treatment, published from 2007 to 2017 in English.Results: The results showed that the majority of the literature still approaches sexuality post treatment from a biomedical perspective with a focus on physical sexual functioning. However, there has been a slight shift towards understanding sexuality from a comprehensive standpoint, although there is a dearth of research relating to the psychological and relational aspects of sexuality.Conclusion: Comprehensive sexuality post treatment should be given further consideration in South Africa, and our unique socio-cultural context ought to be taken into consideration. Additionally, interventions at multiple levels should be explored, such as broadening sexual health training within the medical curriculum, considering the development of holistic cancer clinics and widening the scope of research relating to gynaecological cancer care.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor SAMRC Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre
Date 2018-06-28
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Review
Format text/html application/epub+zip application/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajo.v2i0.40
Source South African Journal of Oncology; Vol 2 (2018); 7 pages 2523-0646 2518-8704
Language eng
Relation https://sajo.org.za/index.php/sajo/article/view/40/97 https://sajo.org.za/index.php/sajo/article/view/40/96 https://sajo.org.za/index.php/sajo/article/view/40/98 https://sajo.org.za/index.php/sajo/article/view/40/95
Coverage South Africa 2007-2017 —
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Sorrel Pitcher, Tracey Adams, Adriaan Leon van Wijk, Nazia Fakie, Rakiya Saidu, Lynette Denny, Jennifer Moodley https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0