In cancer survivorship, patients face physical and psychosocial consequences of treatment that can profoundly impact body image and sexual function. The MUSIC (Menopause, Urogenital, Sexual Health and Intimacy Clinic) Program, led by Kristin E. Rojas, M.D., assistant professor of Surgical Oncology at Sylvester, provides evidence-based, patient-centered guidelines to address the complex, distressing and under-recognized issue of female sexual dysfunction that often occurs with cancer treatment. Female patients with a history of any type of cancer experiencing vaginal dryness, painful sex, low desire, or other menopausal symptoms may be referred.
“We are offering patients cutting-edge therapies here at Sylvester. Survival is improving, and our patients are living longer, healthier lives. I am fortunate to be part of a fantastic multidisciplinary team that recognizes these quality-of-life concerns, and with the MUSIC program, we can now address the serious disruptions to women’s sexual health that can occur with treatment,” said Dr. Rojas. “Addressing patients’ intimacy concerns is a dimension of cancer care that often goes unaddressed. Yet, more than 80% of female cancer survivors report these concerns, which can impact their quality of life and personal relationships. With the MUSIC program and other important survivorship programs offered here at Sylvester, we can change the conversation from ‘Will you live?’ to ‘How will you live?'”