Sexual and Relationship Health Among Survivors of Oropharyngeal or Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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Abstract

Six months after diagnosis, some patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma have decreased their sexual behavior, whereas others have stopped having sex, highlighting a patient group that could benefit from more relationship-oriented support. However, most patients remain sexually active and report strong relationship dynamics, and they indicate that having a human papillomavirus-related diagnosis does not appear to add additional marital stress or change sexual intimacy beyond that experienced by patients with human papillomavirus-unrelated oral squamous cell cancer.

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