The oncologists and social workers at the Mass General Cancer Center believe that cancer and any related surgery or treatment should not interfere with intimacy or sexuality. However, sometimes these are issues that go unaddressed in the context of the diagnosis and treatment required for cancer.
Now, men and women treated for and those living with cancer can make an appointment at the Oncology Sexual Health Clinic. All patients are seen by Dr. Don S. Dizon, a nationally recognized expert in women’s cancers, cancer survivorship, and sexual health. He works closely with the center’s social workers, psychologists, gynecologists, and physiatrists to tailor treatment plans to individual patient’s needs.
Our approach to sexual dysfunction involves a coordinated approach to the treatment of sexual health, which includes the use of standardized questionnaires to evaluate sexual function, quality of life, and psychological status.
- The Center operates in the Center for Women’s Cancers on Yawkey 9E.
- The evaluation usually takes one hour initially and is guided by the use of validated questionnaires that assess current sexual health, quality of life, and emotional health.
- Patients can expect an open conversation about issues related to their own sexual health and intimacy concerns in this consultation, which incorporates a directed physical exam and comprehensive discussions on sexuality and the relationship between sex and intimacy. Sexual therapeutics and aides may also be a part of the consultation.
- The objective is to help craft an individualized plan developed to help you maintain or rediscover your sexual self.