Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy realizes long-term improvement in the sexual functioning and body image of breast cancer survivors

Susanna B. Hummel, J.J.D.M. van Lankveld, Hester S. A. Oldenburg, Daniela E. E. Hahn, Jacobien M. Kieffer, Miranda A. Gerritsma, Marianne A. Kuenen, Nina Bijker, Paul J. Borgstein, Gijsbert Heuff, Alexander M. F. Lopes Cardozo, Peter W. Plaisier, Herman Rijna, Suzan van der Meij, Eric J. van Dulken, Bart C. Vrouenraets, Eva Broomans, Neil K. Aaronson

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    Abstract

    The study aim was to evaluate the long-term efficacy of Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for sexual dysfunctions in 84 breast cancer survivors. The positive effects of the intervention on overall sexual functioning, sexual desire, sexual arousal, vaginal lubrication, discomfort during sex, sexual distress, and body image observed immediately posttreatment were maintained at three- and nine-month follow-ups. Although sexual pleasure decreased during follow-up, it did not return to baseline levels. Our findings provide evidence that Internet-based CBT has a sustained, positive effect on sexual functioning and body image of breast cancer survivors with a sexual dysfunction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)485-496
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Sex & Marital Therapy
    Volume44
    Issue number5
    Early online date15 Feb 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Keywords

    • Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy
    • breast cancer survivors
    • Sexual Dysfunction
    • RCT
    • Long-term effect

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