Navigation Links
Sexual issues a major concern for cancer patients taking new targeted drugs
Date:10/12/2010

New drugs that target specific molecular mechanisms of cancer have improved the treatment of cancer patients in recent years, but those benefits may come with a cost to the patient's sex life, researchers have found.

At the 35th Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) in Milan, Italy, French researchers reported on one of the few studies to investigate the impact of cancer therapy on the sexual functioning of patients.

Dr Yohann Loriot and Dr Thomas Bessede from Institut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France and colleagues found that patients taking targeted therapies had significantly decreased levels of sexual function and satisfaction.

"The new molecular targeted therapies have been available for 6 or 7 years and researchers and physicians have observed some new side-effects not often reported with chemotherapy such as cutaneous side-effects and gastro-intestinal toxicity. But very few studies have been conducted in the field of sexuality, mainly because patients are not willing to talk with their physicians on this topic," Dr Loriot said.

The researchers surveyed 51 patients (40 men and 11 women) who had been taking molecular targeted therapies for more than three months without progressive disease about changes in their sexual life.

The drugs involved were sunitinib, sorafenib, temsirolimus, everolimus, bevacizumab, tarceva and cetuximab. Men completed the International Index of Erectile Function (IEEF) questionnaire --which includes questions on erectile function, intercourse satisfaction, orgasmic function, sexual desire and overall satisfaction.

Women in the study completed the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) questionnaire, which includes questions on desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction and pain.

The median overall IIEF score for men was 40, just 53% of the maximum score. For women, the median FSFI score was 8.4, just 24% of the maximum.

"The sex lives of the patients in our study had reduced quality and intensity," Dr Loriot said. "We also found that more than half of the patients expressed a wish for a satisfying sexuality, but many of them found it difficult to initiate a discussion on the topic with their doctors."

The impact of treatment on the sexuality of cancer patients is poorly understood, and is generally not considered in clinical trials of treatments, Dr Loriot said.

"Oncologists can address this issue first by assessing this concern more often in clinical trials, and by talking with their patients about it," he said.

He suggested that oncologists could offer patients an assessment for sexual disorders during their treatment course, establish an outpatient clinic to deal with sexual disorders, or, if needed, refer patients to a specialist.

Sexuality is a major concern for cancer patients, as it is for everyone, noted Professor Raphael Catane, Chair of the department of oncology at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, Israel. "The disease itself, and frequently its therapy, may have a major detrimental effect on the patient's sex life. It is hoped that the new biological/targeted treatments would be less injurious to the sexual life of cancer patients. "

"The study by this French group has taken an important step toward understanding the effect of biological/targeted treatments on sexuality," Prof Catane said. "They meticulously reviewed the sexual function of their patients receiving biological agents. The results show a diminished sexual drive and pleasure, but the degree and the duration, and how it compares to the standard/conventional therapy, is not yet known. This study can be a basis for further investigation of this very important aspect of cancer therapy."


'/>"/>

Contact: Vanessa Pavinato
media@esmo.org
European Society for Medical Oncology
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Family Research Council: Planned Parenthood Report Oversexualizes Ten-Year-Olds, Undermines Parental Authority
2. New research shows emotional impact of low sexual desire and associated distress
3. Are Latino teens sexual risk takers? Its complicated, researcher says
4. New study reveals prevalence of cyberbullying and its psychological impact on nonheterosexual youth
5. Researcher presents risk-free treatment for low female sexual desire
6. Tumor surgery impairs sexuality
7. Why do sexually experienced girls resume sexual activity after abstinence?
8. Sexual Desire, Satisfaction Dont Diminish During Pregnancy
9. Study points out risks of nonromantic sexual relationships
10. Helping fathers of sexually abused children
11. JustGetTested.com Recommends Confidential Blood Testing During Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month (April)
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2017)... ... June 25, 2017 , ... CareSet Labs released the ... New Orleans. This is a new, greatly improved version of the Doctor Referral teaming ... requests by Fred Trotter and subsequently called the the “Doctor Referral Dataset” as released ...
(Date:6/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2017 , ... ... Dental365 family. Located at 217 Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma, Dental365 offers patients ... and weekends so that visits to the dentist fit into their patients’ busy ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... By scoring 100% for fiscal ... four-star rating from premier online charity evaluator, Charity Navigator, validating ANRF's work as a ... all charities reviewed by Charity Navigator and earns ANRF a spot on their “ ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Military Connection ... denied entry to the JFK Virgin Atlantic lounge. , Bensko is no stranger ... six years ago, Bensko dedicated her life to supporting our wounded veterans. A world-class ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... Breast Cancer Conference from Sept. 18 to 20. , The two-day conference is ... subtype with the goal of improving patients’ lives and eliminating racial breast cancer-related ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/13/2017)... WARSAW, Ind. , June 13, 2017 Zimmer ... in musculoskeletal healthcare, today announced that the U.S. Food and ... Letter dated June 3, 2015 relating to its ... "The successful clearance of ... China manufacturing facility is a measure of the ...
(Date:6/9/2017)... INDIANAPOLIS , June 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... diabetes. In a further effort to help spread lessons ... this condition, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Eli ... come together for the second phase of the Bringing ... (BRIDGES 2), reaffirming their commitment to helping people with ...
(Date:6/7/2017)... June 7, 2017  Novavax, Inc., (Nasdaq: NVAX ... Phase 2 trials of its RSV F protein recombinant nanoparticle ... age have been published in the journal Vaccine ... shared in prior scientific conferences). The Company previously announced ... Novavax is developing the RSV F Vaccine with the goal ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: