1476 - Sexuality of breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy

Date 28 September 2012
Event ESMO Congress 2012
Session Publication Only
Topics Psychosocial Aspects of Cancer
Breast Cancer
Presenter MOUSSAID Yassine
Authors M. Yassine1, L. Védrine2, C. Chargari2, B. Ceccaldi2, S. Le Moulec3, M. Ichou4, H. Errihani5
  • 1Department Of Oncology, National institute of oncology, 6213 - Rabat/MA
  • 2Oncology And Radiation Oncology, Hôpital d'instruction des armées du Val-de-Grâce, Paris/FR
  • 3Oncologie Medicale, Val de Grace Hospital, Paris/FR
  • 4Department Of Oncology, Hôpital d'instruction des armées Mohamed V, 1000 - Rabat/MA
  • 5National institute of oncology, 6213 - Rabat/MA

Abstract

Background

Approximately 20% of breast cancer diagnoses are made in women younger than 45 years of age. Anticancer treatments are associated with serious problems in the sexual functioning of breast cancer patients. We assessed the sexual functioning of breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy.

Patients and methods

We performed a prospective study in 110 women who had been treated with mastectomy for a breast cancer using a self-administered questionnaire on how the mastectomy had changed their sexual life since the primary diagnosis of breast cancer.

Results

All patients expressed not having received sufficient information about how the disease and treatment including surgery might affect their sexual life. Sixty eight percent reported being still sexually active, but 62% revealed that the cancer treatment had affected their sexual desire or possibility to reach orgasm; 25% observed that their partner was afraid of sexual intercourse and 18% felt an emotional separation in the couple during the course of the disease.

Conclusion

Problems related to body image and sexuality were identified in all women post mastectomy. It is time to better take into account quality of life, and more particularly the sexual function in breast cancer survivors.

Disclosure

All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.