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Discussing sexuality with older patients

16th - 18th Nov 2018

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Published: 23.11.18
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Corien Eeltink - Amsterdam University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Corien Eeltink speaks to ecancer at the International Society of Geriatric Oncology 2018 conference in Amsterdam about her work on patient sexuality in the context of older patients.

She discusses the lack of communication between healthcare professionals and older patients about their sexual activity, as healthcare professionals do not always consider older patients to be sexually active and the patients are often reluctant to discuss any sexual matters.

This taboo is problematic as any sexual impairment that is the result of illness or treatment may remain undetected, despite healthcare professionals being able to provide strategies that can help.

Corien concludes by proposing that this could be improved by better training healthcare professionals to discuss sexual health with patients.

This service has been kindly supported by an unrestricted grant from Janssen Oncology.

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European Cancer Organisation European Institute of Oncology

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