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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    Hummel, S. B., van Lankveld, J. J. D. M., Oldenburg, H. S. A., Hahn, D. E. E., Kieffer, J. M., Gerritsma, M. A., Kuenen, M. A., Bijker, N., Borgstein, P. J., Heuff, G., Cardozo, A. M. F. L., Plaisier, P. W., Rijna, H., van der Meij, S., van Dulken, E. J., Vrouenraets, B. C., Broomans, E., & Aaronson, N. K. (2018). Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy realizes long-term improvement in the sexual functioning and body image of breast cancer survivors. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44(5), 485-496. https://doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2017.1408047