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Volume 12, Number 5, 2007

Sexuality of men treated with haematopoietic stem cell transplantation: a review of the literature

Ladislav Slovacek, Birgita Slovackova, Zuzana Macingova, Ladislav Jebavy

Summary:

Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a therapeutic modality used
in anti-tumour treatment of haematological malignancies as well as solid tumours.
Apart from that it is also used in therapy of non-malignant and hereditary diseases.
As well as all the other treatments, HSCT also affects the disease process and
with that also the patient’s quality of life (QoL). In the last decade of the 20th century
several studies about QoL in patients after HSCT were undertaken and the
infl uence in particular dimensions of QoL was observed. One of the closely observed
aspects was sexuality in patients after HSCT. Sexuality and its expression
is a very important aspect of human behaviour. It is also a very sensitive aspect,
so without doubt it is affected by diagnosis of neoplasm and cancer treatment.
Physical and psychosocial factors of HSCT affect patients’ sexuality and sexual
functioning, and with that also their QoL. They remain in focus because of the
complex care concerning patients after HSCT.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2007; 12(5) : 277-282

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