Internet CBT ups sexual function in breast cancer survivors

March 14, 2017

(HealthDay)—For breast cancer survivors (BCSs) with sexual dysfunction, an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention can improve sexual functioning, according to a study published online Feb. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Susanna B. Hummel, from the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, and colleagues randomized 169 BCSs to internet-based CBT, which consisted of weekly therapist-guided sessions for a maximum of 24 weeks, or waiting-list control. The intervention group completed self-report questionnaires at baseline, mid-therapy, and post-therapy; the completed questionnaires at equivalent times.

The researchers found that the intervention group showed a significant improvement over time in overall sexual functioning compared with the control group, with significant increases in sexual desire, sexual arousal, and vaginal lubrication. Over time, there was significantly more improvement in sexual pleasure, less discomfort during sex, and less sexual distress for the intervention group versus the control group. Greater improvement in body image and fewer menopausal symptoms were reported by the versus the control group. For orgasmic function, sexual satisfaction, intercourse frequency, relationship intimacy, marital functioning, psychological distress, or health-related quality of life there were no significant effects observed.

"Internet-based CBT has salutary effects on , body image, and menopausal symptoms in BCSs with a sexual dysfunction," the authors write.

Explore further: Females with primary Sjogren's syndrome more likely to experience sexual dysfunction

More information: Abstract
Full Text

Related Stories

Females with primary Sjogren's syndrome more likely to experience sexual dysfunction

February 4, 2015
Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is the second most common systemic autoimmune disease behind rheumatoid arthritis, with female patients outnumbering males by a ratio of 9:1. Those affected often experience dryness of the ...

Multidisciplinary approach benefits provoked vestibulodynia

November 14, 2014
(HealthDay)—For women with provoked vestibulodynia (PVD), a multidisciplinary vulvodynia program (MVP) integrating psychological skills training, pelvic floor therapy, and medical management is associated with improvements ...

Study identifies desire and arousal as the main players in women's sexual health

May 4, 2015
In a 4-year study of 178 pre- and 329 postmenopausal women, investigators found that women's sexual functioning was moderately stable over time. The main predictors of changes in sexual functioning and satisfaction were desire ...

Most men with erectile dysfunction are satisfied with penile prostheses

December 7, 2015
Most men who receive penile prostheses are very satisfied with the implants, indicating that the intervention is a valid treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Study finds link between relationship style and sexual dysfunction

March 7, 2012
(Medical Xpress) -- Deakin University research has shown that being too needy or not needy enough in a relationship can result in sexual issues.

Improved sexual functioning, hormones after weight-loss bariatric surgery

November 4, 2013
Women who underwent bariatric surgery experienced better sexual functioning, improvement in reproductive hormones, and better health-related and weight-related quality of life, according to a report published Online First ...

Recommended for you

'Bet hedging' explains the efficacy of many combination cancer therapies

December 14, 2017
The efficacy of many FDA-approved cancer drug combinations is not due to synergistic interactions between drugs, but rather to a form of "bet hedging," according to a new study published by Harvard Medical School researchers ...

Scientists unlock structure of mTOR, a key cancer cell signaling protein

December 14, 2017
Researchers in the Sloan Kettering Institute have solved the structure of an important signaling molecule in cancer cells. They used a new technology called cryo-EM to visualize the structure in three dimensions. The detailed ...

Newest data links inflammation to chemo-brain

December 14, 2017
Inflammation in the blood plays a key role in "chemo-brain," according to a published pilot study that provides evidence for what scientists have long believed.

Liquid biopsy results differed substantially between two providers

December 14, 2017
Two Johns Hopkins prostate cancer researchers found significant disparities when they submitted identical patient samples to two different commercial liquid biopsy providers. Liquid biopsy is a new and noninvasive alternative ...

Testing the accuracy of FDA-approved and lab-developed cancer genetics tests

December 14, 2017
Cancer molecular testing can drive clinical decision making and help a clinician determine if a patient is a good candidate for a targeted therapeutic drug. Clinical tests for common cancer causing-mutations in the genes ...

One in five young colon cancer patients have genetic link

December 13, 2017
As doctors grapple with increasing rates of colorectal cancers in young people, new research from the University of Michigan may offer some insight into how the disease developed and how to prevent further cancers. Researchers ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.