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Quality of life and sexuality during and following cancer treatment

Our research concerns psychosocial consequences of undergoing treatment for cancer as well as aspects related to survivorship. Among young cancer patients, sex and intimacy are issues considered crucial for quality of life and are often negatively impacted by cancer.

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Many cancer treatments have a negative impact on patients’ sex life and intimacy.

In the research program Fex-Can, Fertility and sexuality following cancer we investigate sexual and reproductive health in young adults who have undergone treatment for cancer and evaluate the effect of a self-help web-based intervention on sexual problems and fertility-related distress.

We also conduct research about how fertility-related aspects are experienced and communicated in cancer care, from the perspective of patients, physicians and nurses: Fertility-related communication in cancer care.

Our research regarding quality of life includes translation and cultural adaptation of instruments measuring quality of life, as well as psychometric evaluations. We also conduct clinical studies and are currently investigating health-related quality of life among patients with cancer in East Africa. 

For more information about sub-studies, group members, collaborators and funding, please see links to the research programs/projects below.