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Sexual Renewal for Women After Cancer

Women sought to help test program for sexual problems or concerns about fertility after cancer

Funded by: National Cancer Institute

Researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center are enrolling women affected by breast cancer in a study to test Tendrils, an Internet-based educational and counseling program including words, pictures, animations and videos to help women treated for cancer to recover sexual function and satisfaction. Tendrils also helps women cope with concerns about fertility and pregnancy.

What is involved?

  • You will be asked to use Tendrils by computer on a self-help basis for 12 weeks. Half of the women encrolled in the study will also come to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for three 60-minute counseling sessions during that time.
  • You will fill out questionnaires on your emotional adjustment, sexual function and quality of life when you begin the study, after the 12 weeks, three months later and six months later. The questionnaires will take about 30 to 45 minutes each time. The amount of time you spend using the Tendrils website will be recorded electronically.

You can participate if:

  • You were diagnosed with cancer of the breast, cervix, uterus, ovaries, vulva or vagina at least one year ago, but not more than five years ago
  • You currently do not have any known cancer, and you have finished cancer treatment (other than taking hormone therapy)
  • You have been in a relationship for at least six months but are having a problem enjoying sex
  • You are age 18 or older
  • You speak and read English well enough to understand Tendrils and the questionnaires
  • You live close enough to the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center to attend the three counseling sessions

For more information, please contact Pamela at (713) 745-5535 or, or Dr. Leslie Schover at (713) 745-2681 or