Survivorship: Promoting Reproductive and Sexual Health after Cancer

Identifying and implementing effective and scalable strategies to support cancer survivors and their partners/families across the cancer continuum.

Our current research aims to fill the gap in supportive care for young cancer survivors and couples struggling with reproductive and sexual health concerns after cancer. Our long-term goal is to identify and implement effective and scalable strategies to support cancer survivors and their partners/families across the cancer continuum.

Life does not return to "normal" when cancer treatment ends. Younger survivors, in particular, have the hardest time adjusting to life after cancer, experiencing significantly more unsupportive responses from family and friends, higher depressive symptoms, higher levels of avoidant coping, and more negative appraisal of the illness and its impact than older survivors.

Additionally, many cancer patients will be exposed to treatment that can hinder reproductive health as well as cause scarring, pain, and concerns about body image. Left unaddressed, these concerns can negatively affect partner relationships and quality of life well after treatment ends.

 

Currently recruiting participants

We are currently recruiting participants for the following:

Opening the Conversation

A study for reproductive-aged cancer survivors and their partners

 Many people with a history of breast and gynecologic cancer experience reproductive or sexual difficulties, and there are few resources to help couples cope. We are developing a program to help fill this gap, but we need your help. The program will teach couples to cope and communicate with each other about their sexual and reproductive health concerns.

We are interested in hearing from couples with a variety of sexual orientations and gender identities so that we can create an inclusive program.

Visit Opening the Conversation to see if you are able to be a research participant.