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Interventions for sexual problems following treatment for breast cancer: a systematic review

Overview of attention for article published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, September 2011
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Interventions for sexual problems following treatment for breast cancer: a systematic review
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Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, September 2011
DOI 10.1007/s10549-011-1722-9
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Sally Taylor, Clare Harley, Lucy Ziegler, Julia Brown, Galina Velikova

Abstract

Sexual functioning is an important element of quality of life. Many women experience sexual problems as a result of a breast cancer diagnosis and its treatment. Little is known about the availability and the effectiveness of interventions for sexual problems in this patient population. Six electronic databases were searched using Medical Subject Headings and keywords. Additional hand searching of the references of relevant papers was also conducted. The searches were conducted between October 2010 and January 2011. Papers were included if they evaluated interventions for sexual problems caused as a result of breast cancer or its treatment. Studies were only included if sexual functioning was reported using a patient-reported outcome questionnaire. Studies were excluded if sexual functioning was measured but improving sexual problems was not one of the main aims of the intervention. 3514 papers were identified in the initial search. 21 papers were selected for inclusion. Studies were of mixed methodological quality; 15 randomised trials were identified, many included small sample sizes and the use of non-validated questionnaires. Three main types of interventions were identified: Exercise (2), medical (2) and psycho-educational (17). The psycho-educational interventions included skills-based training such as problem-solving and communication skills, counselling, hypnosis, education and specific sex-therapies. Interventions were delivered to individual patients, patients and their partners (couple-based) and groups of patients. The widespread methodological variability hinders the development of a coherent picture about which interventions work for whom. Tentative findings suggest the most effective interventions are couple-based psycho-educational interventions that include an element of sexual therapy. More methodologically strong research is needed before any intervention can be recommended for clinical practice. Improved screening and classification of sexual problems will ensure interventions can be more effectively targeted to suit individual patient needs.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 2%
United States 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 84 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 21 24%
Unspecified 17 19%
Researcher 14 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 14%
Student > Bachelor 6 7%
Other 18 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Unspecified 22 25%
Medicine and Dentistry 20 23%
Psychology 16 18%
Nursing and Health Professions 11 13%
Social Sciences 10 11%
Other 9 10%

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