Dizon Discusses Elements of Sexual Health in Gynecologic Cancer | OncLive

Dizon Discusses Elements of Sexual Health in Gynecologic Cancer

August 6, 2020

In our exclusive interview, Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO, discusses the primary physical and residual psychological effects of gynecologic cancers on women’s sexual health, the challenges of broaching these topics in the clinic, and the role oncologists play in helping patients manage these difficulties.

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Today, we had the pleasure of speaking with Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO, director of Women's Cancers at Lifespan Cancer Institute; clinical director of Gynecologic Medical Oncology and director of Medical Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital; and associate professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, to discuss sexual health in gynecologic malignancies.

The issues that may present for women with gynecologic cancers vary, said Dizon. However, collectively, women may develop feelings of defeminization or experience issues with body image following a diagnosis of gynecologic cancer. Additionally, treatment can cause adverse effects that may negatively impact a woman’s quality of life, explained Dizon.

In our exclusive interview, Dizon discussed the primary physical and residual psychological effects of gynecologic cancers on women’s sexual health, the challenges of broaching these topics in the clinic, and the role oncologists play in helping patients manage these difficulties


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