Research
Print page Print page
Switch language
The Capital Region of Denmark - a part of Copenhagen University Hospital
Published

Sexual and romantic challenges among young Danes diagnosed with cancer: Results from a cross-sectional nationwide questionnaire study

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Harvard

APA

CBE

MLA

Vancouver

Author

Graugaard, Christian ; Sperling, Cecilie Dyg ; Hølge-Hazelton, Bibi ; Boisen, Kirsten A ; Petersen, Gitte Stentebjerg. / Sexual and romantic challenges among young Danes diagnosed with cancer : Results from a cross-sectional nationwide questionnaire study. In: Psycho-Oncology. 2018 ; Vol. 27, No. 6. pp. 1608-1614.

Bibtex

@article{71170fab70204911be87dd38d8c6c14c,
title = "Sexual and romantic challenges among young Danes diagnosed with cancer: Results from a cross-sectional nationwide questionnaire study",
abstract = "OBJECTIVE: The negative impact of malignant disease on sexual and relational functioning is well documented among adults but scarcely investigated among adolescents and young adults. This study explored the body image, self-perceived attractiveness, and sexual/romantic experiences of Danes diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15 to 29 years. It also aimed to clarify whether self-perceived needs for counseling were in fact met by health care providers.METHODS: All Danes who had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15 to 29 years during the period 2009 to 2013 were included in a cross-sectional nationwide questionnaire study. Eight hundred twenty-two questionnaires were returned, yielding a response rate of 45{\%}.RESULTS: More than half of the respondents (53.8{\%}) reported that cancer had altered their body image negatively, while 44.6{\%} felt that disease had lowered their feeling of being attractive. Nearly one-third (31.3{\%}) and one-fourth (23.6{\%}), respectively, had experienced a negative impact on their desire to have sex or to flirt/date/have a partner. Female responders were more affected than males on most variables, and breast cancer patients were approximately 4 times more at risk for sexual and romantic adversities than patients with melanoma of the skin. Although more than 80{\%} indicated a need to discuss issues of sexuality and intimacy with a health professional, 49.5{\%} and 61.7{\%}, respectively, had talked little or not at all with professionals during hospitalization and follow-up consultations.CONCLUSIONS: Young cancer patients experience sexual and romantic challenges along with a lack of self-perceived attractiveness. Their substantial need for dialogue and counselling should be met in health care settings.",
author = "Christian Graugaard and Sperling, {Cecilie Dyg} and Bibi H{\o}lge-Hazelton and Boisen, {Kirsten A} and Petersen, {Gitte Stentebjerg}",
note = "Copyright {\circledC} 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.",
year = "2018",
month = "6",
doi = "10.1002/pon.4700",
language = "English",
volume = "27",
pages = "1608--1614",
journal = "Psycho-Oncology",
issn = "1057-9249",
publisher = "John/Wiley & Sons Ltd",
number = "6",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Sexual and romantic challenges among young Danes diagnosed with cancer

T2 - Results from a cross-sectional nationwide questionnaire study

AU - Graugaard, Christian

AU - Sperling, Cecilie Dyg

AU - Hølge-Hazelton, Bibi

AU - Boisen, Kirsten A

AU - Petersen, Gitte Stentebjerg

N1 - Copyright © 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

PY - 2018/6

Y1 - 2018/6

N2 - OBJECTIVE: The negative impact of malignant disease on sexual and relational functioning is well documented among adults but scarcely investigated among adolescents and young adults. This study explored the body image, self-perceived attractiveness, and sexual/romantic experiences of Danes diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15 to 29 years. It also aimed to clarify whether self-perceived needs for counseling were in fact met by health care providers.METHODS: All Danes who had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15 to 29 years during the period 2009 to 2013 were included in a cross-sectional nationwide questionnaire study. Eight hundred twenty-two questionnaires were returned, yielding a response rate of 45%.RESULTS: More than half of the respondents (53.8%) reported that cancer had altered their body image negatively, while 44.6% felt that disease had lowered their feeling of being attractive. Nearly one-third (31.3%) and one-fourth (23.6%), respectively, had experienced a negative impact on their desire to have sex or to flirt/date/have a partner. Female responders were more affected than males on most variables, and breast cancer patients were approximately 4 times more at risk for sexual and romantic adversities than patients with melanoma of the skin. Although more than 80% indicated a need to discuss issues of sexuality and intimacy with a health professional, 49.5% and 61.7%, respectively, had talked little or not at all with professionals during hospitalization and follow-up consultations.CONCLUSIONS: Young cancer patients experience sexual and romantic challenges along with a lack of self-perceived attractiveness. Their substantial need for dialogue and counselling should be met in health care settings.

AB - OBJECTIVE: The negative impact of malignant disease on sexual and relational functioning is well documented among adults but scarcely investigated among adolescents and young adults. This study explored the body image, self-perceived attractiveness, and sexual/romantic experiences of Danes diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15 to 29 years. It also aimed to clarify whether self-perceived needs for counseling were in fact met by health care providers.METHODS: All Danes who had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15 to 29 years during the period 2009 to 2013 were included in a cross-sectional nationwide questionnaire study. Eight hundred twenty-two questionnaires were returned, yielding a response rate of 45%.RESULTS: More than half of the respondents (53.8%) reported that cancer had altered their body image negatively, while 44.6% felt that disease had lowered their feeling of being attractive. Nearly one-third (31.3%) and one-fourth (23.6%), respectively, had experienced a negative impact on their desire to have sex or to flirt/date/have a partner. Female responders were more affected than males on most variables, and breast cancer patients were approximately 4 times more at risk for sexual and romantic adversities than patients with melanoma of the skin. Although more than 80% indicated a need to discuss issues of sexuality and intimacy with a health professional, 49.5% and 61.7%, respectively, had talked little or not at all with professionals during hospitalization and follow-up consultations.CONCLUSIONS: Young cancer patients experience sexual and romantic challenges along with a lack of self-perceived attractiveness. Their substantial need for dialogue and counselling should be met in health care settings.

U2 - 10.1002/pon.4700

DO - 10.1002/pon.4700

M3 - Journal article

VL - 27

SP - 1608

EP - 1614

JO - Psycho-Oncology

JF - Psycho-Oncology

SN - 1057-9249

IS - 6

ER -

ID: 56425820