Once a month, the Simms/Mann–UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology presents Insights Into Cancer, a free public lecture series for cancer patients, their families and the community. Each lecture features a leading professional who provides up-to-date information, practical advice and answers to cancer-related questions.
January 14, 2014
Sexual Health Considerations for the Cancer Patient and Their Partners
Sexual dysfunctions are common in both men and women with a diagnosis of cancer. This may be due, in part, to the physical treatments including surgery, radiation or chemotherapy coupled with hormonal medications, and psychological changes. Each facet can impact the sexual response cycle and impact sexual satisfaction.
Sexual rehabilitation medicine is an emerging field of study that addresses the intimacy concerns for the survivor and his or her partner in order to maximize overall quality of life considerations.
Sexual dysfunction, during or following cancer therapy, is a very complex group of disorders and can compound an already stressful life event. A comprehensive sexual medicine evaluation combined with sexual rehabilitation therapeutics promotes healthy sexual functioning by fostering open communication, validating sexual thoughts and feelings, and rectifying biologic abnormalities.
Detailed treatment plans are often seen as the ingredients where an individual is encouraged to create her own individualized recipe for sexual and sensual success. Many medical and non-medical interventions will be discussed and presented.
Michael L. Krychman, M.D.C.M., is the Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine located in Newport Beach California. He is the former Co-Director of The Sexual Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer. He also is a clinical sexologist and has completed his Masters in Public Health and Human Sexuality. Dr Krychman has a degree in Erotology, Sexual Education and Forensic Sexology, and is also an AASECT certified sexual counselor. He is on faculty at University of Southern California, an Associate Clinical Professor, University of California Irvine, Division of Gynecological Oncology, and the Medical Director of Ann’s Clinic, a high risk program for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Survivors.
Insights Into Cancer lectures are held in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Auditorium, B Level, Room B130, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.
UCLA parking is $12 and is wheelchair accessible. Attendees can park in the medical plaza, or take advantage of the valet parking at the front of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.