Investigating sexuality in adolescents with cancer: patients talk of their experiences.

Laura Veneroni, Elena Pagani Bagliacca, Giovanna Sironi, Matteo Silva, Michela Casanova, Luca Bergamaschi, Monica Terenziani, Jessica Trombatore, Carlo Alfredo Clerici, Antonio Prunas, Marco Silvaggi, Maura Massimino, Andrea Ferrari

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Objective. The aim of the present study is to understand which areas of sexuality were regarded as most important and/or problematic among adolescents with cancer.Methods. A questionnaire was administered to adolescent and young adult patients who had been receiving treatments at the Pediatric Oncology Unit of our Institution, for at least 2 months, and those in follow-up who had completed their treatments no more than two years previously. The questionnaire was devised to investigate patients' experiences in various areas, i.e. personal relations, sexual relations; functional aspects, body image, and communication.Results. Questionnaires were given to 70 patients and completed by 66. As main results, the survey showed that disease and treatment might negatively affect patients' way of relating with others (53 and their body image (56, though their sexual desire remains unchanged (69.7. Most patients (67 reported not having the chance to talk to someone about having sex while receiving their treatments; 79 which is inadequately addressed today. When establishing an age-specific model of care, aspects related to sexuality should be considered and managed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2020


  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Adolescent
  • Young Adult
  • adolescents
  • body image
  • functional aspects
  • Sexuality
  • *Quality of Life
  • *Surveys and Questionnaires
  • *Sexual Behavior
  • *Sexuality
  • Neoplasms/*therapy
  • patients’ experience


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