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Cancer, Intimacy and Sexuality

A Practical Approach

  • Yacov Reisman
  • Woet L. Gianotten

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Yacov Reisman, Woet L. Gianotten
    Pages 1-4
  3. Yacov Reisman, Woet L. Gianotten
    Pages 5-6
  4. Yacov Reisman, Woet L. Gianotten
    Pages 7-15
  5. Woet L. Gianotten, Yacov Reisman
    Pages 17-25
  6. Woet L. Gianotten
    Pages 27-36
  7. Woet L. Gianotten, Yacov Reisman
    Pages 49-57
  8. Woet L. Gianotten, Yacov Reisman
    Pages 59-64
  9. Sandra Vilarinho, Graça Santos
    Pages 65-70
  10. Luca Incrocci
    Pages 71-75
  11. Erika Limoncin, Daniele Mollaioli, Giacomo Ciocca, Giovanni Luca Gravina, Emmanuele A. Jannini
    Pages 77-82
  12. Marjan Traa, Harm Rutten, Brenda den Oudsten
    Pages 83-88
  13. Woet L. Gianotten, Yacov Reisman
    Pages 99-107
  14. Johannes Bitzer, Daniela Hahn
    Pages 109-120
  15. Annette Hasenburg, Juliane Farthmann
    Pages 121-127
  16. Raanan Tal
    Pages 129-140
  17. Wim Meinhardt
    Pages 141-144
  18. Tamer Aliskan, Bahadir Ermec, Samed Verep, Ates Kadioglu
    Pages 145-149

About this book


This book provides a wide-ranging overview of the sexual consequences of cancer and its treatment with the aim of equipping physicians and other health care providers with the awareness and knowledge required in order to offer patients effective treatment. While sexuality may not be the primary focus for cancer patients, at some point, whether because of sexual changes of relationship issues, many patients come to acknowledge the effects that cancer and its treatment have had on their sexuality. Although the impacts are frequently similar, significant variation is observed. Some patients experience changes in all phases of sexual response, while others experience none; moreover, the consequences of the effects may be felt differently by patients and partners. Unfortunately, many physicians and health care providers remain insufficiently aware of the impact of cancer on sexuality and/or lack knowledge about the concerns of patients and the available treatments and coping strategies. A further issue is the reticence of physicians to discuss sexuality and the fear of sexologists to talk to patients about cancer. Readers will find this book to be a rich source of help in overcoming these constraints and delivering suitable care to patients.


Cancer Daily practice Holistic approach Sexuality Sexual Disturbances

Editors and affiliations

  • Yacov Reisman
    • 1
  • Woet L. Gianotten
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of UrologyAmstelland HospitalAmstelveenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.HilversumThe Netherlands

About the editors

Y. (Cobi) Reisman is Clinical Director of the Dutch Centre of Sexual Medicine, a position he took up in 2013. Dr. Reisman graduated cum laude from the Faculty of Medicine of State University Groningen, the Netherlands, in 1995. In 1998 he defended his PhD thesis on electronic diagnostic tools and objective medical decision making using the European clinical database. Since 2003 he has been registered as a urologist allied to the Amstelland Hospital in Amstelveen and since 2006 he has chaired the Dutch Men’s Health Clinics network.  Dr. Reisman is a registered sexologist with the Dutch Society of Sexology (NVVS). He is an active member of the European Association of Urology (EAU), Chairman of the Educational Committee of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM), a member of the Executive Committee of the ESSM, Secretary General of the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee on Sexual Medicine (MJCSM), and co-director of ESSM School of Sexual Medicine. In the past, he has been a board member of the Dutch Society of Sexual Medicine (WVSD), Secretary of the Dutch Society for Sexology (NVVS), and Treasurer of the Dutch-Flemish Federation for Sexology (NVFS).  Dr. Reisman has a special interest in cancer and sexology, sexuality in chronic conditions, shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction, and lifestyle factors. He is co-editor of the Syllabus of Sexual Medicine, Manual of Sexual Medicine, and Syllabus of Clinical Sexology, all published by the ESSM. 

Woet L. Gianotten, began his career by spending more than 5 years in tropical medicine in West and East Africa, before moving to reproductive health and sexology. He spent two decades focusing on “common sexology” (where medical issues are not at stake) and then transferred to “medical sexology” (addressing sexual problems caused by disease, physical impairment, and medical interventions). During this period, Dr. Gianotten was Senior Lecturer in Medical Sexology in the University Medical Centre, Utrecht and the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam. His field subsequently narrowed to the subspecialties of rehabilitation sexology (after stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, etc.), gerontosexology, and oncosexology (sexuality and intimacy aspects of cancer) with a special focus on the terminal and palliative stage. Dr. Gianotten is co-founder of the International Society for Sexuality and Cancer (ISSC) and is a past member of the Executive Committee of the World Association for Sexual Health. He was co-editor of a Dutch textbook on sexology (2009) and editor-in-chief of a Dutch handbook on sexuality in disease and physical impairment (2008). Since his retirement in 2006, his core business has been teaching and training in sexual medicine/sexual health.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cancer, Intimacy and Sexuality
  • Book Subtitle A Practical Approach
  • Editors Yacov Reisman
    Woet L. Gianotten
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-43191-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-43193-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 286
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Oncology
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