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The re-construction of women's sexual lives after pelvic radiotherapy: A critique of social constructionist and biomedical perspectives on the study of female sexuality after cancer treatment

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  • White, I.D.
  • Faithfull, S.
  • Allan, H.

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Pelvic radiotherapy creates physical effects and psychological responses that negatively affect the sexual health of women and couples, yet these sexual consequences are not frequently researched or clinically assessed. This focused ethnographic study explored factors that influence the clinical assessment of treatment-induced female sexual difficulties after pelvic radiotherapy within routine medical follow-up.

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  • White, I.D. & Faithfull, S. & Allan, H., 2013. "The re-construction of women's sexual lives after pelvic radiotherapy: A critique of social constructionist and biomedical perspectives on the study of female sexuality after cancer treatment," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 188-196.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:76:y:2013:i:c:p:188-196
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.10.025
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    1. Gott, Merryn & Hinchliff, Sharron & Galena, Elisabeth, 2004. "General practitioner attitudes to discussing sexual health issues with older people," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 58(11), pages 2093-2103, June.
    2. Hordern, Amanda Jane & Street, Annette F., 2007. "Constructions of sexuality and intimacy after cancer: Patient and health professional perspectives," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 64(8), pages 1704-1718, April.
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