Assessment of sexual dysfunction in rectal cancer survivors

Date 29 June 2016
Event ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2016
Session ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2016 - Abstracts book
Presenter J. Rodrigues
Citation Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (2): 1-85. 10.1093/annonc/mdw199
Authors J. Rodrigues1, R. Soares1, N. Bonito2, M. Marques3, P. Jacinto4, J. Ribeiro2, F. Valido1, H. Gervásio2
  • 1IPO Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, /
  • 2Portuguese Oncology Institute of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, /
  • 3Portuguese Institute of Oncology Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, /
  • 4Instituto Português de Oncologia Francisco Gentil, Coimbra, Portugal, /


Increasing survival rates in colorectal cancer have shifted the focus of patient health care needs from treating malignancies to addressing survivors’ long-term quality of life, which includes sexual functioning. Despite the high prevalence of sexual dysfunction in survivors of colorectal cancer, studies have shown that patients and providers rarely discuss how these symptoms may be influencing overall quality of life. Questionnaire techniques can help to screen for potential sexual problems, and help patients to feel more comfortable addressing questions about sexual functioning with their provider. This study aims to evaluate erectile dysfunction in patients with rectal cancer treated in a Portuguese Center.