Indian Journal of Surgery

, Volume 80, Issue 1, pp 19–23 | Cite as

Sexuality in Surgically Treated Carcinoma Penis Patients and Their Partners

  • Gajanan S. Bhat
  • Girish Nelivigi
  • Vijayakumar Barude
  • Anuradha Shastry
Original Article


Most common treatment offered to carcinoma penis patients is surgery. This results in not only mutilation of the genitals but also affects their sexuality. The treating physician fails to address the issue due to the paucity of the data in this regard. Hence, we decided to evaluate sexuality in these patients after surgical treatment for penile cancer. Most of the times, their partners also face problems of sex and sexuality, regarding which there is no literature. Hence, we decided to include their partners also in the study. We retrieved records of the patients who underwent surgical treatment for carcinoma penis at our institute. After obtaining ethical committee approval, they were invited along with their partners for personal interview. After obtaining written informed consent from each of them, they were administered sexual functioning questionnaire (SFQ). Sexuality was evaluated based on the scores obtained. Performance anxiety was reported by majority of these patients. Their sexual interest, arousal and desire remained almost intact with reduction in satisfaction more so in total penectomised patients. Though the partners had accepted the global reduction in sexuality as their fate, their interpersonal relationship remained little disturbed. The study reveals that sexuality is more than the sexual intercourse alone. Proper pre-operative counselling of these patients and their partners by the treating urologist helps better post-treatment adjustment with regards to sexuality in these patients as well as their partners.


Sexuality Carcinoma penis Total penectomy Partial penectomy 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical committee approval was obtained for evaluation of sexuality concerns post-surgery in these patients and their partners. After obtaining the written informed consent, the interview was conducted in the vernacular of the patients and their partners using sexual functioning questionnaire (SFQ).

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gajanan S. Bhat
    • 1
  • Girish Nelivigi
    • 2
  • Vijayakumar Barude
    • 3
  • Anuradha Shastry
    • 3
  1. 1.General HospitalHonavar, Uttara Kannada DistrictIndia
  2. 2.Rangadorai Memorial HospitalBengaluruIndia
  3. 3.TSS Shripad Hegde Kadave Institute of Medical SciencesSirsiIndia

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