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Sexual Health and Cancer

Sex is one of life’s most pleasurable experiences, not to mention it’s good for you, your partner, and your body. If you are being treated for cancer or have been treated for cancer and experiencing challenges attaining enjoyable sex following cancer surgery or treatment, you don’t have to deal with these difficulties alone. Our team of trained professionals specialize in male and female sexuality as well as cancer. We can help you achieve satisfying, enjoyable sex.

When is a Sexual Health Assessment Needed

We built our Sexual Health and Healing program around your needs. At Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, we know life-saving cancer treatment may change a lot of things in your body, including possible emotional imbalances and physical dysfunction. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions, please schedule an assessment so we can get you back to better sex:

  • Pain in genitals
  • Orgasmic disorder
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Vaginal dryness or tightness
  • Difficulty having sex after cancer surgery
  • Erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation 
  • Low sex drive, loss of interest or enjoyment in sex
  • Pain, spotting or bleeding after or during intercourse 
  • Anxiety or depression around sex, i.e., body shame
  • Urinary incontinence, including frequent urination

We believe there is a difference in curing a disease and healing the whole person that includes sex. We’re here to help.”

George J.S. Kallingal, MD
Urologic Surgical Oncology

Types Of Sexual Health Services

Our team provides a full complement of services for cancer patients or survivors. From your initial assessment, to therapy and treatment, we make your experience as convenient and private as possible. Our goal is to get you closer to the intimate, enjoyable sex you desire. Some of our services include:

  • Surgical interventions, including excision of vaginal cuff, penile implant, breast reconstruction, and pelvic floor, most can be robotic or laparoscopic
  • Penile and trigger point injections
  • Bladder distension, instillation
  • Botox injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Physical therapy
  • Ultrasound guided sclerotization of vulvar veins
  • Sexual health education, relaxation and support
  • SOLA in-office treatment

Patients of Dignity Health – Cancer Institute at St. Joseph’s know they are receiving compassionate care from a multidisciplinary team of experienced cancer experts.

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