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Hong Kong cancer therapy

When cancer affects sex lives and sexuality, how seeking help can bring back the spark

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 August, 2018, 1:01pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 August, 2018, 1:01pm

Your article on erectile dysfunction was a refreshing read (“Erectile dysfunction – what causes it and six ways to keep it at bay”, August 5). Not only did it discuss erection problems in detail, it also opened this issue up to couples, inviting them to discuss a subject they may be facing but that can be left unspoken for years.

At Hong Kong Cancer Fund, we see how cancer affects sexuality and sex life, particularly that of women. It’s common for women to feel unsure about their appearance, inadequate and even emotionally neglected if their partner stops being intimate, due to their belief that sexual activity is inappropriate while their partner is going through cancer. This lack of physical touch and care can have a negative impact on a woman’s emotions and hurt the couple’s relationship.

Women battling sexual dysfunction after cancer can be helped by nurse-led rehab

It’s hard to talk to a partner about lack of intimacy, so my advice is to seek professional help. Our centres help couples going through cancer to communicate through art and dance therapy; allowing them to express their feelings, leading them to find trust and care again, and to discover new ways of expressing their love.

Sally Lo, CEO and founder, Hong Kong Cancer Fund