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Impact of surgery and radiotherapy in women with uterine malignancies
G. Carta1,*, A. D’Alfonso1, M. Di Nicola1, L. Di Nicola1, N. Mastrocola1, A. Carta1, S. Necozione1, E. Di Cesare1, F. Patacchiola1
1 Department of Life, Health & Environmental Sciences, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila (Italy)
Eur. J. Gynaecol. Oncol. 2014, 35(6), 662–665; https://doi.org/10.12892/ejgo25452014
Published: 10 December 2014
According to the National Health and Social Life Survey, sexual dysfunction affects about 43% of perimenopausal women. A diagnosis of cancer has a profound physical, emotional, and social impact, influencing the relationship with the body, the perception of illness and death, family, social and professional relationships, and the relationship with the partner and, consequently, sexuality. Loss of desire, dyspareunia, orgasmic disorder, difficulties in emotional and physical closeness to the partner, feelings of shame, and inadequacy commonly occur after treatment for uterine cancer; however, if these problems are associated with surgery or with radiotherapy, still remains unclear. According to this study, the authors may conclude that the experience of cancer could lead patients to a rediscovery of their own sexuality and to an improvement in the relationship with their partner, showing that, sometimes, the relational and psychological factors assume greater importance than physical effects on sexuality, and they can somewhere compensate the morphofunctionalfailure.