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Interventions needed to address sexual health in lung cancer

Presented By
Dr Narjust Florez, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, MA, USA
Conference
WCLC 2022
Trial
SHAWL
Doi
https://doi.org/10.55788/98bdc987
Sexual dysfunction is prevalent among women with lung cancer, demonstrated an observational study evaluating sexual health in these patients. The authors concluded that sexual health should be incorporated into thoracic oncology care, and that tailored interventions are needed to address this issue [1]. “Lung cancer has been associated with sexual dysfunction,” said Dr Narjust Florez (Dana Farber Cancer Institute, MA, USA) [2]. “However, these data mostly stem from the pre-immune checkpoint inhibitor-era, and sexual health in lung cancer is therefore a currently understudied topic.” Dr Florez and colleagues assessed the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in women with lung cancer via a validated online questionnaire. The observational SHAWL study included 249 participants, with ages ranging from 29–84 years. Moderate to severe sexual dysfunction was reported in 77% of the participating women. In addition, 59% of the participants who had sexual activit...


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