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|Title:||Sexual function, self-esteem, and general well-being in Chinese adult survivors of childhood cancers : a cross-sectional survey||Authors:||Ng, CF
|Issue Date:||2019||Publisher:||Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and Hong Kong Medical Association||Source:||Hong Kong medical journal (香港醫學雜誌), Oct. 2019, v. 25, no. 5, p. 372-381 How to cite?||Journal:||Hong Kong medical journal (香港醫學雜誌)||Abstract:||Introduction: This study was conducted to evaluate sexual function in adult survivors of childhood cancers and investigate possible relationships between sexual function and quality of life, as measured by general well-being, self-esteem, body image, and depressive symptoms.
Methods: This cross-sectional survey was performed in our centre from 14 August 2015 to 8 September 2017. Adult patients who had a history of childhood cancers, and who were disease-free for >3 years, were approached for the study during clinical followup. Clinical information was collected from medical records. Self-administered questionnaires regarding quality of life and sexual functioning were given to the patients and resulting data were analysed.
Results: Two hundred patients agreed to participate in the study. The overall response rate was 64.8%. Ninety-one (45.5%) patients were women, and the mean age was 25.4 +/- 5.57 years. The overall sexual functioning score was 28.3 +/- 20.09. Forty-eight (24.0%) patients reported at least one sexual problem. Among patients who reported no sexual problems, more had haematological cancers (P=0.009), fewer underwent surgery (P=0.004), fewer underwent surgery with external effects (P=0.032), and fewer were regular social drinkers (P=0.013); additionally, they had a higher mean Rosenberg self-esteem scale score (P=0.010), lower mean body image scale score (P=0.008), and lower mean Patient Health Questionnaire score (P=0.001).
Conclusion: Aspects of life beyond disease condition and physical function should be considered in adult survivors of childhood cancers. Appropriate referral and intervention should be initiated for these patients when necessary.
|URI:||http://hdl.handle.net/10397/81755||ISSN:||1024-2708||DOI:||10.12809/hkmj197913||Rights:||© 2019 Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/)
The following publication Ng, C. F., Hong, C. Y. L., Lau, B. S. Y., Teoh, J. Y. C., Yee, S. C. H., Leung, A. W. K., & Yuen, J. W. M. (2019). Sexual function, self-esteem, and general well-being in Chinese adult survivors of childhood cancers : a cross-sectional survey. Hong Kong Medical Journal, 25(5), 372-381 is available at https://dx.doi.org/10.12809/hkmj197913
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