Supportive sexual health care is much-needed adjuvant care to oncologic management for men with prostate cancer (PCa).
To inspire the initiation of biopsychosocial sexual health programming where it does not exist and to inform program enhancement in existing sexual rehabilitation clinics (SRCs).
This article reviews the combined 30-year experience of 2 well-established Canadian SRCs for men and their partners after PCa treatments, interwoven with empirical evidence.
To comprehensively review the biopsychosocial approach to sexual health assessment of men with PCa and their partners to direct the practicalities of running a successful and sustainable SRC.
A full description of the biomedical and psychosocial approaches, inclusive of comprehensive sexual function, the penile rehabilitation controversy, and other medical and relationship issues affecting sexual adjustment, is provided to highlight the relevance of proper assessment and follow-through for sexual adaptation and adjustment. 10 recommendations for a successful SRC are discussed, including the principles behind developing a sustainable business plan, staff acquisition and training, budget, integration of treatment and research priorities, respectful and multidisciplinary approaches to care, and suggestions of visit formats, protocols, and questionnaires. We recommend a phased approach of an SRC into usual care with the option to provide accessible and equitable care to patients not within proximal access of treating institutions.
Sexual rehabilitation after treatment for PCa requires a complex treatment process. Providing sustainable sexual rehabilitation programming under the financially strained environment of the Canadian medical system is a challenge; therefore, to provide Canadian patients and their partners with comprehensive cancer care, they deserve a biopsychosocial approach combined with a creative and systematic implementation strategy. Elliott S, Matthew A. Sexual Recovery Following Prostate Cancer: Recommendations From 2 Established Canadian Sexual Rehabilitation Clinics. Sex Med Rev 2017;X:XXX-XXX.
Sexual medicine reviews. 2017 Nov 30 [Epub ahead of print]
Stacy Elliott, Andrew Matthew
Prostate Cancer Supportive Care Program, Prostate Center, Vancouver Hospital, Department of Urological Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; BC Center for Sexual Medicine, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Electronic address: ., Cancer Clinical Research Unit, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Department of Surgery (Division of Urology) and Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.