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Sexuality and intimacy focus of Cancer Council forum

Wednesday 8 October, 2008

Adjusting to sexual and intimate changes after cancer will be the focus of a free Cancer Council forum to be held in Melbourne on Wednesday October 29.

At least 40% of people experience sexual dysfunction after cancer, and for some cancers including breast and prostate, the rate is much higher.

This free forum for people with cancer and their partners will focus on a broad range of intimacy issues and discuss ways to stay sexually confident regardless of partnership status.

Cancer Council Helpline Deputy Director, Dr Amanda Hordern said that with intervention, up to 70% of patients can improve sexual functioning and confidence.

"Almost all cancer treatments have the potential to alter sexual function,'' Dr Hordern said.

"People can feel less sexual because they look different or feel less attractive after treatment.

"This forum informs people about ways to cope with sexuality and cancer issues so they can increase sexual confidence and enhance quality-of-life," Dr Hordern said.

What: Sexuality and cancer forum

Who: People with cancer and their partners

When: Wednesday October 29, 10.00am-3pm

Where: 00 Drummond Street, Carlton

Topics will include:

  • Lubrication and communication
  • Adjusting to sexual and intimate changes after cancer 
  • Connecting with your partner beyond sexual intercourse 
  • Sexuality issues for all ages including 20-45 age group.

Speakers, Doreen Akkerman AM & Dr Amanda Hordern are experts in sexuality and cancer.

Registrations are essential; please RSVP by Monday October 27. For more information or to register, call 13 11 20.