Sexual function of adult long-term survivors and their partners after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in Europe (S-FAST): a study from the Transplant Complications Working Party and Nurses Group of the EBMT
AuthorsGjaerde, L. K.
Greenfield, D. M.
AffiliationDepartment of Hematology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen
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AbstractSexual dysfunction after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) is a common long-term complication. We conducted a European multicenter cross-sectional study of adult allo-HCT recipients who had survived >2 years and their partners to investigate sexual functioning after HCT and to evaluate whether discussion about sexual functioning between the transplant team and the survivor and partner was perceived to have taken place. In total, 136 survivors (77 males, 59 females) and 81 partners (34 males, 47 females) participated. Median age was 56 and 54 years in male and female survivors, respectively. Forty-seven percent of male and 65% of female survivors and 57% of male and 59% of female partners reported clinically relevant sexual problems. Sixty-two percent of survivors and 79% of partners reported that sexual functioning had not been discussed with them during transplant. Standardized sexual functioning scores were correlated with self-reported health status in survivors (rho = 0.24, p = 0.009). The high prevalence of sexual dysfunction warrants additional studies focusing on the impact of changes in sexuality for patients as well as their partners. Future studies should also investigate which methods that are effective in preventing or treating sexual problems after allo-HCT.
CitationGjaerde LK, Eeltink C, Stringer J, Mooyaart J, Bosman P, Kenyon M, et al. Sexual function of adult long-term survivors and their partners after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in Europe (S-FAST): a study from the Transplant Complications Working Party and Nurses Group of the EBMT. Bone marrow transplantation. PubMed PMID: WOS:000883240200003.
JournalBone Marrow Transplantation