chapter  18
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Sexuality and Body Image

Introduction A woman living with a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer is confronted by a range of problems that can have a profound psychological impact on the woman and her partner. One of the most important is the issue of sexuality and body image. Although gynaecological cancer directly affects the organs most directly connected with sexuality, body image and sexuality is a neglected area of care. The neglect sometimes occurs because there is, understandably, an intense focus on getting the woman through the more basic issues of treatment and survival. However, another reason for neglect is that health professionals often feel inadequately trained and uncomfortable in addressing such a sensitive and intimate topic.