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The Importance of Addressing Psychosexual Concerns Post Surgery

  • Sanchia S. Goonewardene
  • Raj Persad
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Abstract

Psychosexual concerns comprise psychological, emotional and physical factors. Therefore a bio-psycho-social approach to understanding psychosexual concerns is helpful [1]. This model includes not only medical management, but also the psychosocial aspects [1].

Psychosexual concerns comprise psychological, emotional and physical factors. Therefore a bio-psycho-social approach to understanding psychosexual concerns is helpful [1]. This model includes not only medical management, but also the psychosocial aspects [1].

Meeting the psychosexual needs of men potentially cured of prostate cancer is a central value in management of men with prostate cancer having had robotic surgery [2]. If those needs are not addressed, the consequences and subsequent treatment required may place a significant burden on the healthcare system [3] such as referral to Erectile dysfunction (ED) clinics for further management of psychosexual concerns.

In conclusion, addressing psychosexual concerns are central to patient care, as with optimal medical treatment options survivors may be able to gain their pre-treatment sexual performance [4].

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanchia S. Goonewardene
    • 1
  • Raj Persad
    • 2
  1. 1.The Royal Free Hospital and UCLLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.North Bristol NHS TrustBristolUnited Kingdom

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