Journal article

Prevalence of Physiologic Sexual Dysfunction Is High Following Treatment for Rectal Cancer: But Is It the Only Thing That Matters?

Marisa Leon-Carlyle, Selina Schmocker, J Charles Victor, Barbara-Anne Maier, Brenda I O'Connor, Nancy N Baxter, Robin S McLeod, Erin D Kennedy

DISEASES OF THE COLON & RECTUM | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Although several studies have reported high rates of sexual dysfunction in patients treated for rectal cancer, most studies have been limited by retrospective design, failure to use validate instruments, and a limited number of female patients. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to 1) prospectively assess changes in sexual function before and after treatment for rectal cancer and 2) identify potential areas for improved care of patients who have rectal cancer with sexual dysfunction. DESIGN: This study is a prospective, longitudinal survey. SETTINGS: This study was conducted at 4 tertiary care academic hospitals. PATIENTS: The patients included had newly diagnosed rect..

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