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Palliative Care Consultations in Gynaeoncology$
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Sara Booth, Eduardo Bruera, and Teresa Tate

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528067

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528067.001.0001

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Psychosexual problems in gynaecological malignancy

Psychosexual problems in gynaecological malignancy

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(p.107) Chapter 8 Psychosexual problems in gynaecological malignancy
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Palliative Care Consultations in Gynaeoncology
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Lisa Punt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528067.003.0008

The diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological malignancies in a woman creates a trauma that immensely impacts her psychosexual functioning. She may often be faced with a feeling of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear that leaves her isolated. These feelings pose a challenge to her self-perception and social position, causing low self-esteem, breakdown of communication, and constrained relationships. In the setting of treatment and palliative, such concerns and feelings are often ignored as the concentration is on the achievement of cure. Although a woman may be rid of cancer, emotional and psychological scars can result in an unhappy patient. As the World Health Organization reiterates, health pertains not only to the absence of disease but to the state of complete physical, psychological, and social well-being. This chapter discusses some of the issues faced not only by the women diagnosed with gynaecological malignancies, but by their partners also. It aims to give guidance to all professionals who play important roles in the improvement of the quality of life of women facing gynaecological treatment. In the chapter, the parameters of sexual dysfunction; normal sexual functioning; causes of sexual dysfunction, including guidelines to address concerns on sexual dysfunction and regaining normal sexual function are discussed.

Keywords:   psychosexual functioning, psychological well-being, social well-being, issues, women, partners, quality of life, sexual dysfunction, normal sexual functioning, causes

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