Body image and sexual functioning after breast cancer‏

Lindsey Rosman, a doctoral student in the department of psychology at East Carolina University contacted me recently about a confidential online survey she is conducting as part of her research into body image and sexual functioning after breast cancer‏.

Lindsey is also a breast cancer survivor, so knows first hand how often quality of life concerns associated with cancer survivorship can be overlooked. In her email to me she writes:

From my perspective as a survivor and as a researcher, these important issues are poorly understood, leaving many women without adequate support and treatment. With support from my faculty supervisor and approval from the Institutional Review Board at East Carolina University, I designed a confidential online survey to examine body image concerns and long-term sexual adjustment in women diagnosed and treated for early-stage breast cancer.  

I believe that for most women, their body, and their breasts in particular, are a symbol of what it means to be a woman, mother, and sexual partner. Therefore the impact of breast cancer and its treatment is not limited to changes in physical appearance, but also can include alterations in how survivors perceive themselves as women and partners in an intimate relationship.

By conducting this research, my goal is to learn about women’s body image concerns and sexual experiences in the context of cancer survivorship and ultimately develop an effective intervention to improve the quality of life for survivors and their loved ones.

Please click on the link provided here if you would like to view the confidential online survey:

The survey also has a Facebook page at:

The survey will be open until June 1