Intimacy and sexual health
Hear from a multidisciplinary panel of experts who will discuss the collective impact of a head and neck cancer (HNC) diagnosis and how it may affect a patient's sense of self whilst addressing their sexual health post survivorship.
The increasing incidence of human papillomavirus-associated (HPV) oropharyngeal cancers has seen some patients report on the challenges in the resumption of sexual activity and intimacy following treatment, with feelings of guilt, resentment, or blame common among patients, and within their intimate relationships.
Hosted by Professor David Wiesenfeld (VCCC Research & Education Lead for Head and Neck Cancer) and Dr Lachlan McDowell (Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre), this symposium will provide a better understanding of the importance of sexual health to survivors and address common HPV-related concerns in the clinic, whilst mapping the referral pathways currently available for sexual dysfunction treatment.
Professor David Wiesenfeld
VCCC Research & Education Lead (HNC), Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Peter MacCallum cancer Centre
Dr Lachlan McDowell
Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Dr Rachael Dodd
Scientist investigating the psychosocial impacts of cancer diagnoses, University of Sydney
Associate Professor Julia Brotherton
Medical Director, National HPV Vaccination Program Register, VCS Population Health, VCS Foundation
Dr Maria Ftanou
Head of the Clinical Psychology Department, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
CEO, Head and Neck Cancer Australia
Presenters will be joined by
Professor Jane Hocking
Epidemiologist, University of Melbourne
Julie McCrossin AM