04:17am Wednesday 20 September 2017

Cancer patients in the Southern Interior invited to participate in sexual health research project

The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is launching a one-year pilot Sexual Health Clinic. The clinic is part of a research project that will determine the feasibility of offering a Sexual Health Clinic in Kelowna beyond the pilot year.

“We know sexual difficulties are a common experience of people who have had cancer and/or cancer treatment,” says Myrna Tracy, Regional Professional Practice Leader and Social Worker with the Patient & Family Counselling Service at the BC Cancer Agency. “There haven’t been many resources available for people experiencing these difficulties, so we are pleased to offer access to healthcare professionals who specialize in this area.”

People who have a sexual concern resulting from a cancer diagnosis and/or treatment (current or past) and who are at least 19 years of age are eligible to attend the clinic. Patients must be referred to the clinic by their physician.

The BC Cancer Foundation, Southern Interior is generously supporting the establishment of the Sexual Health Clinic for cancer patients in the Southern Interior by contributing funding for this clinic and research project.

“The generosity of our donors makes a real difference in the lives of cancer patients in our communities,” says Cynthia Waldek-Peters, Development Director, BC Cancer Foundation. “The new clinic will provide personalized care and support to meet the needs of both patients and their families here in the Southern Interior.”

The sexual health clinic is located at the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna. For more information about the clinic, please call the Patient & Family Counselling Service at 250-712-3963, or email Myrna Tracy at mtracy@bccancer.bc.ca.

The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, is committed to reducing the incidence of cancer, reducing the mortality from cancer, and improving the quality of life of those living with cancer. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of British Columbia by working with community partners to deliver a range of oncology services, including prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, research, education, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care. For more information, visit www.bccancer.ca.

The BC Cancer Foundation, the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency and the largest charitable funder of cancer research in B.C., enables donors to contribute to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients. For more information visit: www.bccancerfoundation.com.

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