Cancer and Sex

Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, OSW-C Program Manager, Oncology Social Work

JULY 20, 2017

Back to one of our favorite topics. This is an introduction to a really excellent long article by Abigail Jones, just published in Newsweek. Ms. Jones interviewed my husband and me as part of her research, so she sent the link yesterday.

The link to the Newsweek article is below. Ms. Jones did an excellent job of covering all kinds of sexual problems for people treated with all kinds of cancer.

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Cancer and Sex: Why Is Nobody Talking About It?

By Abigail Jones

Excerpted from Newsweek:

David Stanley and Rebekah Robbins, both of Sheffield, England, kiss after being married at the Empire State Building in New York, on February 14, 2007. Robbins met Stanley on the internet after she started her fight with breast cancer, for which she continues treatment.

Wearing only stretchy blue briefs, David Fuehrer posed for the camera with one beefy arm flexed over his head, the other clenched in front of his chest. T hick muscles and veins rippled under his tan, hairless skin, and there was a tense smirk on his face. It was 2001, and Fuehrer, then 25, was just a few days away from winning the light heavyweight title at the Natural New York State Bodybuilding Championship.

Four months later, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. "It stripped away all of my male identity," says Fuehrer, now 40, whose treatment left him impotent for nearly a year. "Impotency to a guy is so much more than your thing doesn't function. It's like, you're not a man. How do you say to people, 'I'm not a man'?"

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.
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