Anne Katz RN, PhD
- Certified sexuality counselor at CancerCare Manitoba
- Clinical nurse specialist at the Manitoba Prostate Centre
- Editor of the Oncology Nursing Forum
- Author of 13 books
Anne Katz, RN, PhD, is the certified sexuality counselor at CancerCare Manitoba and clinical nurse specialist at the Manitoba Prostate Centre. She provides fertility preservation counseling for the organization and also runs a sexual rehabilitation program for women after radiation therapy.
Dr. Katz is the editor of the Oncology Nursing Forum, the premier research journal of the Oncology Nursing Society. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.
She has educated healthcare providers and people with cancer about cancer, sexuality, and survivorship around the world and is an avid blogger for ASCO Connections.
She is the author of 13 books for healthcare providers and healthcare consumers on the topics of illness and sexuality as well as cancer survivorship.
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Sexual side effects
It’s normal to lose interest in sex at times after diagnosis and during treatment. Breast cancer treatments or the cancer itself can cause fatigue, discomfort, pain, and other side effects that impact your sexual desire and activity.
Body image and breast cancer
Body image is the way you perceive how your body looks — how attractive you feel and how attractive you think others find you. Being diagnosed with, and treated for, breast cancer is one of many experiences that can affect your body image and self-esteem.
Talking with your partner about sex
Breast cancer can have physical and emotional impacts on your sexual life. Communication is key to keeping relationships strong, but it’s not always easy to start a conversation about sex. Here our community offers some tips to get the dialogue started.
Maintaining sexual life
Whether you are married, partnered or single, a breast cancer diagnosis does not mean an end to a rewarding sexual life. While your life may undergo readjustment, the insight you gained from the experience of breast cancer may enrich your relationships and restore a joyous sense of your body.
Talking with your healthcare team about sex
Your healthcare team is focused on treating the cancer, but they can also address quality of life issues, including sex. Many providers are sensitive to this issue and want to help you if you have concerns or issues.