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Volume 17, Number 1, 2012

Sexual functioning of testicular cancer survivors and their partners – A review of literature

Monika Jankowska


Background: Testicular cancer (TC) is the most common cancer in the 25–40 age group, with
peak morbidity at around 30 years of age. It is a period of highest productivity, when sexual
sphere is an important aspect of life. The disease, invasive treatment and its consequences
interfere with this sphere.
Aim: The aim of this paper was to review the most recent studies on the sexual functioning
of patients treated for testicular cancer and their partners published in English language
scientific journals in the period of 1989–2010.
Results: Numerous studies report that men cured from testicular cancer are at risk of sexual
disorders. Agents of psychological nature play an important role in the occurrence and
persistence of sexual dysfunctions. Being in permanent relationship is a protective factor,
while single persons are marked with particular predisposition to such dysfunctions. Sexual
and marital satisfaction of TC survivors and their partners are mutually correlated.
Conclusion: With a growing number of TC survivors, a thorough investigation is required into
their sexuality, both in an individual and dyadic dimension, so as to improve the quality of
life of the affected young men, who take on their new social and professional roles in the
period of highest reproductiveness.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2012; 17(1) : 54-62

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