For those with a new diagnosis of bladder cancer, sexuality is probably the last thing on their mind. For many, their first concern, and their doctor’s primary concern, is saving their life. Too often, the conversation about how to live your life fully following the treatment never occurs. Generally there is not a lot of discussion that addresses the impact of cancer or the various bladder cancer treatment options on sexual desire (libido), sexual function, body image, or intimacy between partners.
Most people aren’t comfortable talking with strangers, even their own doctors, about their sex life. However, opening this line of communication can be critically important for bladder cancer patients and their partners. BCAN has compiled some resources to help you learn more about the impact of bladder cancer and it’s treatment on your sexuality.
If you or your loved one are interested in finding a therapist to help you with sexuality issues, speak with your doctor or find a therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
Conversations: Let’s Talk About Bladder Cancer – Sexuality after Bladder Cancer
Featuring: Dr. Trinity Bivalacqua, Urologic Oncologist, from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Dr. Daniela Wittmann, Certified Sex Therapist, from the University of Michigan. View the Video | Read the Text Transcript.
Webinar: Women in Bladder Cancer: Sexuality and Intimacy
Presented by Dr. Daniela Wittmann, PhD. | Year: 2020
Webinar: Questions and Answers about Sexuality and Intimacy after Bladder Cancer
Presented by Dr. Trinity Bivalacqua | Year: 2017