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Sexual Functioning in Female Patients Undergoing Surgical Treatment for Colorectal Cancer—A Single-Center, Prospective Triple Timepoint Yearly Follow-Up

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Department of Urology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, 85-094 Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Department of Rehabilitation, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, 85-094 Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Department of Surgical Oncology, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, 85-094 Bydgoszcz, Poland
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Department of Security and Crisis Management, Cuiavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship Office in Bydgoszcz, Ludwik Rydygier Regional Polyclinical Hospital in Toruń, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
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Curr. Oncol. 2022, 29(5), 3291-3305; https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol29050269
Received: 21 March 2022 / Revised: 13 April 2022 / Accepted: 30 April 2022 / Published: 5 May 2022
The study was aimed at assessing the quality of sexual functioning in female patients having undergone surgical treatment for cancer depending on the type of surgery. The prospective cohort consisted of 48 female patients (23 patients with stoma [A2] and 25 patients with maintained continuity of the GI tract [A1]). Study methods included a diagnostic survey and the analysis of medical records of patients. Research tools consisted of a standardized FSFI questionnaire and a proprietary form for evaluation of sociodemographic data. Measurements were performed at threetimepoints: On the day before the surgery (Measurement I) as well as six and 12 months after the surgery (Measurements II and III, respectively). Statistically significant differences in results were observed in Measurements II and III in the subscales of arousal (II:p = 0.0068, III:p = 0.0018), lubrication (II:p = 0.0221, III:p = 0.0134), orgasm (II:p = 0.0044, III:p = 0.0021), satisfaction (II:p = 0.0021, III:p = 0.0433), and pain/discomfort (II:p = 0.0343, III:p = 0.0473). In all cases, lower scores corresponding to lower quality of sexual functioning were observed in patients in whom stoma had been performed. Statistically significant differences in sexual functioning were observed at Measurements II and III in each group, with the results being significantly (p > 0.05) worse in patients having undergone Hartmann’s procedure or abdominoperineal resection). Variables significantly affecting self-assessed sexual satisfaction included marital status, age, and modality of neoadjuvant treatment. Restoration of the continuity of the gastrointestinal tract is a chance for better self-assessment of the patient’s quality of life as regards sexual functioning. View Full-Text
Keywords: colorectal cancer; stoma; sexual functioning; quality of life colorectal cancer; stoma; sexual functioning; quality of life
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Tarkowska, M.; Głowacka-Mrotek, I.; Skonieczny, B.; Nowikiewicz, T.; Tarkowski, M.; Jankowski, M.; Zegarski, W.; Jarzemski, P. Sexual Functioning in Female Patients Undergoing Surgical Treatment for Colorectal Cancer—A Single-Center, Prospective Triple Timepoint Yearly Follow-Up. Curr. Oncol. 2022, 29, 3291-3305. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol29050269

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Tarkowska M, Głowacka-Mrotek I, Skonieczny B, Nowikiewicz T, Tarkowski M, Jankowski M, Zegarski W, Jarzemski P. Sexual Functioning in Female Patients Undergoing Surgical Treatment for Colorectal Cancer—A Single-Center, Prospective Triple Timepoint Yearly Follow-Up. Current Oncology. 2022; 29(5):3291-3305. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol29050269

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Tarkowska, Magdalena, Iwona Głowacka-Mrotek, Bartosz Skonieczny, Tomasz Nowikiewicz, Michał Tarkowski, Michał Jankowski, Wojciech Zegarski, and Piotr Jarzemski. 2022. "Sexual Functioning in Female Patients Undergoing Surgical Treatment for Colorectal Cancer—A Single-Center, Prospective Triple Timepoint Yearly Follow-Up" Current Oncology 29, no. 5: 3291-3305. https://doi.org/10.3390/curroncol29050269

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