Breast Cancer Patients' Experience and Wishes Regarding Communication on Sexual Health - The BEROSE Study
Purpose: Although sexual health (SH) is a major concern for many patients with breast cancer (BC), only few of them receive adequate information on this topic throughout their care. BEROSE is a single-center pilot cross-sectional observational study, which aimed at evaluating communication on SH between women with BC and their health-care providers.Methods: From June 12th to July 31th, 2020, a survey was distributed to patients consulting at Breast Cancer Unit of Gustave Roussy Cancer Center.
... e primary endpoint was the rate of women reporting to have received information on SH from health professionals throughout active treatment administration or BC follow-up.Results: Of 348 surveys collected, 318 were completely filled and included in the analysis. Sixty-one percent of women were older than 50 years and 65% had a localized BC. The majority (63%) was receiving hormone-therapy (37%) or chemotherapy (26%). Overall, 65% reported that they had not received any information about SH throughout their care, while 69% felt it would have been important to discuss sexual issues. Most of women expected professionals to bring up the topic, preferably oncologists or gynecologists, during face-to-face consultations. Concerning satisfaction on SH, 83% reported of being satisfied or very satisfied before BC diagnosis, and only 30% at the time of our survey. Conclusion: Most of women treated or followed-up for BC feel that they lack of information regarding SH-related issues. The impact of BC diagnosis and treatment on SH should be discussed with all women from the first visit and then regularly readdressed.