Sexual Health Issues for the Young Adult with Cancer: An International Symposium Held During the First Global Adolescents and Young Adults Cancer Congress (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2018 Apr;7(2):153-163. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2017.0067. Epub 2018 Jan 10.


Sexual health is an important consideration for young adults with cancer; however, oncology healthcare providers are often not equipped with strategies to approach these problems in a systematic way. To address this gap in adolescents and young adults (AYA) care, a one-day international Sexual Health Symposium was held before the Global AYA Cancer Congress (Edinburgh, December 2016). The goals of the symposium were to (1) provide a forum, where international AYA experts had the opportunity to share their knowledge regarding AYA sexual health and (2) develop a guideline for healthcare professionals to screen for and intervene on sexual health issues. This review focused on commonly encountered concerns: (1) management of climacteric symptoms, (2) sexual dysfunction in young men, (3) contraception during and after cancer therapy, and (4) psychosocial issues and care.

Keywords: climacteric symptoms; contraception; psychosocial; sexual health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / psychology*
  • Prognosis
  • Sexual Behavior / psychology*
  • Sexual Health*
  • Young Adult