Couples counselling 'could improve sex life post cancer'

26 September 2011

Couples counselling can help improve life after cancer treatment for men who have had prostate cancer, according to research from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

A study found that prostate cancer survivors and their partners experienced improved sexual satisfaction and function after they had attended counselling sessions.

Internet-based sexual counselling and traditional sex therapy are equally effective in improving sexual outcomes, according to the results of the study, which took 115 random prostate cancer survivors and gave some internet counselling, some face-to-face treatment and placed the rest on a waiting list.

Even after the group of people on the waiting list received delayed counselling from Counselling About Regaining Erections and Sexual Satisfaction, the groups that received immediate therapy were found to have better results and less sexual problems.

Leader of the research Leslie Schover, PhD a professor in MD Anderson's Department of Behavioural Science, said: "We know that one of the crucial factors in a man's having a good sexual outcome after treatment is a partner who also wants their sex life to get better."

She added that counselling helps both partners to improve their sex life.

Pressures of work, family, money and health can all take their toll on a relationship and sex life, according to

Schover, L, et at., "A randomized trial of internet-based versus traditional sexual counseling for couples after localized prostate cancer treatment." Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society, September 26th 2011.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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