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Title: Can sexual outcomes be enhanced after cancer using online technology?
Epworth Authors: Wootten, Addie
Pillay, Brindha
Abbott, Joanne
Keywords: Epworth Prostate Centre, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australia
Prostate Cancer
Sexual Health
Health Technology
Patient Education as Topic
Quality of Life
Issue Date: Mar-2016
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
Citation: Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2016 Mar;10(1):81-6
Abstract: PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The impact that cancer and its treatments can have on sexual functioning, sexual desire, and sexual arousal can be profound and many patients report significant unmet needs in relation to managing sexual difficulties. We reviewed the literature to understand the application of Internet-based technology in the delivery of psychosexual interventions, information provision, and support. RECENT FINDINGS: Ten studies were identified that utilized Internet-based technology to deliver information, support, or psychosexual interventions designed to improve sexual outcomes, sexual distress, and quality of life of cancer survivors. The intensity of intervention, approach, and complexity differed substantially across platforms. SUMMARY: The review identified a range of intervention types designed to enhance sexual outcomes following the challenges that many individuals face after cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is evident that the use of online technology in improving sexual outcomes in cancer care is still in its infancy; however, there is emerging evidence to support the delivery of psychosexual care using the online environment. Further research, using larger, more well controlled methodologies, is required to confirm that sexual outcomes can be improved through the use of online interventions.
DOI: 10.1097/SPC.0000000000000189
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ISSN: 1751-4258
Journal Title: Current Opinion in Supportive & Palliative Care
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Department of Urology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Australian Prostate Cancer Research, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
National eTherapy Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Literature Review
Appears in Collections:Cancer Services
Epworth Prostate Centre
UroRenal, Vascular

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