A woman who has been diagnosed or is being treated for breast cancer often finds that her sex life is seriously disrupted. Sexual complaints are often reported as complications as breast cancer causes physical changes and pains, emotional imbalances, and interferences with relationships. Single women worry about how their breasts will affect their prospective lovers. Married women worry about how they can keep their partners sexually attracted to them, or sexually satisfied while they are undergoing treatment. Retaining intimacy in a relationship during and after breast cancer ordeals is critical to the woman’s overall physical and emotional recovery. Thus, the purpose of this paper will investigate the sexual and intimate experiences of breast cancer female patients with their partners, and vice versa. More specifically, this paper will explore how men and women respond to low libido or loss in femininity. By the end of this paper, I hope to have learned the physiological effects of breast cancer, the semiotics around breasts that have undergone cancer surgery or therapy, reactions from patient’s loved ones, and how therapy can mediate the behaviours of partners.
Scott, L.J. (2002). Diary of a Breast Cancer Husband. Chatham, NJ: Times Publishing Group
Scott (2020) walks readers through the journey with his wife down the path of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. He offers coping and conflict resolutions that will help other men strengthen relationships with their partners. Scott writes about his responses to breast cancer and to breasts after his wife’s treatment. This book is useful to the research because it provides insight into breast cancer from a man’s perspective, and how a man can relate to the sexuality of a woman after the diagnosis and treatment. Scott gives insight on how he copes with the fears of losing his wife, the changes in her emotions and behaviours, and her sexuality.
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