By Yacov Reisman, Woet L. Gianotten
This ebook presents a wide-ranging assessment of the sexual effects of melanoma and its therapy with the purpose of equipping physicians and different future health care services with the attention and data required for you to provide sufferers potent therapy. whereas sexuality will not be the first concentration for melanoma sufferers, sooner or later, even if due to sexual adjustments or courting matters, many sufferers come to recognize the results that melanoma and its remedy have had on their sexuality. even though the affects are usually related, major edition is saw. a few sufferers event adjustments in all stages of sexual reaction, whereas others event none; in addition, the implications of the consequences will be felt another way by means of sufferers and companions. regrettably, many physicians and healthiness care services stay insufficiently conscious of the impression of melanoma on sexuality and/or lack wisdom concerning the matters of sufferers and the on hand remedies and coping suggestions. an additional factor is the reticence of physicians to debate sexuality and the phobia of sexologists to speak to sufferers approximately melanoma. Readers will locate this booklet to be a wealthy resource of assist in overcoming those constraints and supplying compatible care to patients.
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The damage can occur immediately and also gradually after the treatment; the damage can interfere directly with sexual function, but damage can occur also to sexual identity or sexual relationship and sometimes specifically to body parts that had a role in sexual excitement or pleasure. We know that for some of our patients, sexuality is very important for their quality of life. We also know that patients do not raise this topic. And we have to be aware that it is impossible to know if for a particular patient or couple sexuality indeed is important.
Besides, pubic and axillar hair are carriers for scents and odors that act as aphrodisiacs. Chemotherapy can totally destroy the hair pattern and all its erotic meaning. Surgical and chemical castration can both change the density and appearance of pubic hair, and also the scent. Serious hypogonadism can change the facial hair pattern, relevant for some men. Smell and Taste Smell is an “ancient primitive” part of sexual attraction (or repulsion), so changes can strongly influence the sexual attraction in a couple.
Understanding the different sexual side effects at different moments in the CCC is relevant knowledge for the patient and the couple. That can make them also more motivated to be screened for sexual function and to be open to measures preventing side-effects and after-effects in the area of sexual health and intimacy [2–3, 5–6]. 6 Which Sexual Problems? 3). Any HCP should understand the basic sexual physiological response of both males and females , and then determine which sexual disorder may be expected with a specific cancer or cancer localization or cancer treatment.