Culture, ethnicity, spirituality and family messages growing up are all ‘sociocultural’ influences on how people view themselves and others in terms of sexuality. A client explained to me that in her culture it is unacceptable for women to have open expressions of sexuality, let alone talk about cancer. Of course, if no one is talking about sex and/or cancer, then false information about sex, cancer and treatment side effects frequently prevails. Read More
““It is estimated that up to ten percent of breast cancer patients meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder called post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).” (Cordova et al, 1995). Also, that as much as a third of cancer survivors will have SYMPTOMS of post-traumatic stress (PTSS) such as: flashbacks of… Read More
GUEST POST | We live in a sex-saturated society. So why is sex one of the most difficult discussions to have when it comes to medical care? Let’s back up and take control of the situation. Dr. Jennifer Blake talks about how we talk about sex. Read More
Human beings are typically hard wired to seek attachment with another human being, though the physical effects of cancer treatment can make intimacy difficult or uncomfortable. In this post we provide some practical strategies for coping with the physical symptoms and sexual side effects after cancer treatment. Read More
Lisa Skelding is a Clinical Social Worker, owner of Oakville’s Relationship Restorations Counseling and is a specialist in Sexual & Couples Therapy. Lisa also facilitates Sexual Health and Cancer Courses for the Inter-professional Psychosocial Oncology Distance Education Project (IPODE); Facilitates an online gynecological cancer group called “Gyne Gals”, which is a five-year clinical research study with Women’s College Hospital; Supervises other couples therapists in learning Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy; Serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO), and Chairs CAPO’s Education Committee.