Yes. The majority of colon cancer survivors remain sexually active following treatment. However, it is important that you continue to discuss your sexuality with your healthcare provider. Sexual dysfunction is one of the most common long-term effects of colon cancer treatment, but studies show this issue is rarely discussed between patients and doctors. The type of surgery, side-effects of medications, and changes in body image are a few of the factors that can impact sexual health after cancer.
"Ask your nurse practitioner or physician if the sexual changes you're experiencing are due to the diagnosis or treatment," says Patricia Nishimoto, R.N., an oncology clinical nurse specialist at Tripler Army Medical Center who co-authored the study. "If the provider is uncomfortable, ask to be refered to a good clinical nurse specialist, social worker, or psychologist who is comfortable discussing sexual functioning."