NCCN Guidelines for Patients
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Part 7: Living your life
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Talking with your partner
If you’re married or in a relationship, it’s important to be open with your
partner about the details of your treatment plan and its likely effect on your
sex life. Side effects of treatment such as fatigue, vaginal dryness, hair
loss, skin problems, and scarring can sometimes make sex stressful and
Before you begin treatment, sit down with your partner and your physician
to discuss what side effects you can expect, the impact they may have on
your sexuality, and whether there is anything that can be done to help. As
you go through treatment, be honest with your partner about what you are
going through physically and emotionally. Even if sexual intercourse is not
possible, you can maintain your physical intimacy by continuing to caress,
hold, and kiss one another.
Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer
(Second Edition): A Guide for Parents and Families. Long Island City, NY:
Hatherleigh Press, 2006.
Kathleen McCue, Ron Bonn.
How to Help Children Through a Parent’s
Serious Illness: Supportive, Practical Advice from a Leading Child Life
. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011.
Books that can help