Don S. Dizon MD, FACP, FASCO
- Professor of medicine and professor of surgery at Brown University
- Director of pelvic malignancies at Lifespan Cancer Institute
- Head of Community Outreach and Engagement at Legoretta Cancer Center at Brown University
Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO, (@drdonsdizon) is a professor of medicine and professor of surgery at Brown University, director of pelvic malignancies at Lifespan Cancer Institute, and head of Community Outreach and Engagement at Legoretta Cancer Center at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is a medical oncologist specializing in breast and pelvic cancers and sees people in a clinic for those experiencing sexual dysfunction after cancer.
Dr. Dizon does research in many areas, including new treatments, survivorship after cancer, and social media. He is a founding member of the Collaboration for Outcomes using Social Media in Oncology and continues to write columns for various online platforms, including The Oncologist, ASCO Connection, and Medscape. He is active on several social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, a passion that provides a means to connect with both patients and colleagues.
If you’re a woman diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45, your medical and emotional concerns may be very different than those of women who are diagnosed when they are older. Body image, relationships, career, intimacy, fertility, and parenting are just some of the issues and life areas that can bring up questions for you.
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.