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VIDEO: Sexuality, fertility are focus of cancer education website


MIAMI BEACH – Often people living with cancer hesitate to ask their providers about sensitive and important issues surrounding sexuality and fertility. At the same time, some clinicians remain uncomfortable raising questions regarding sexual function or simply lack the time to appropriately address the issues during a patient encounter.

A new online resource aims to solve both problems simultaneously, giving both patients and providers the tools to meaningfully address sexuality and fertility issues, Leslie R. Schover, PhD, said in a video interview at the annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference, held by Physicians’ Education Resource.

The site features first-person patient account videos from women and men who faced similar concerns, said Dr. Schover, founder of the Will2Love digital health company based in Houston. In addition, vignettes with actors inform patients and also model how oncologists, oncology nurses, and other staff could effectively communicate with concerned patients. A professional portal offers online skills training for clinicians.

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