Combined brief psychosexual intervention after mastectomy: Effects on sexuality, body image, and psychological well-being
Article first published online: 18 APR 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume 96, Issue 3, pages 235–240, 1 September 2007
How to Cite
Kalaitzi, C., Papadopoulos, V. P., Michas, K., Vlasis, K., Skandalakis, P. and Filippou, D. (2007), Combined brief psychosexual intervention after mastectomy: Effects on sexuality, body image, and psychological well-being. J. Surg. Oncol., 96: 235–240. doi: 10.1002/jso.20811
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2007
- Article first published online: 18 APR 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 FEB 2007
- Manuscript Received: 28 SEP 2006
- body image;
- breast cancer;
- couple therapy;
- sex therapy;
Mastectomy poses a severe threat to body image and sexuality, interfering with the psychological well-being of both the patient and her partner. Although many psychotherapeutic approaches have been assessed and found effective in such patients, few studies have assessed couple or sex therapy in mastectomy patients.
We report on a structured combination of brief couples and sex therapy (CBPI) used in 20 women with in situ breast cancer and mastectomy and their partners. An equal number of mastectomy patients were used as controls.
CBPI patients showed significant improvement in depression and state anxiety scores, as well as in body image, satisfaction with relationship, presumed attractiveness to their partner, orgasm frequency and communicating their desire.
CBPI can be used as an effective alternative to individual or group psychotherapy for mastectomy patients. J. Surg. Oncol. 2007;96: 235–240. © 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.