I recently had a conversation with a plastic surgeon, who has a practice at a major hospital in New York City. She reported that more than half her patients are women who've had reconstructive breast surgery after single or bilateral mastectomies. "After all these years, there are times when I just don't know what to say to my patients when they tell me that they don't feel sexual any longer." She told me of a young, single woman who had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. "What do you say a 25 year old woman who is now going to lose her hair, and go through early menopause?"
The survival rate for breast cancer is high, but for many, the treatments are worse than the cancer itself. Life changes after cancer, but that does not mean it's a life less vital than the life before cancer. Our bodies change throughout a lifetime. It's a positive sense of oneselves that keeps sex a vital part of ones life.
Many cancer survivors and their partners find it helpful to see a therapist. Redefining life after a cancer scare can be a new beginning.