American Nurse Today Publishes Article That Gives Nurses Tips for Helping Breast Cancer Patients Deal with Sexual Concerns

Doylestown, PA, October 03, 2008 --( In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has published “Sex after breast cancer: Helping your patients cope,” which will help nurses address a commonly overlooked aspect of the care of people with breast cancer—sexuality.

“Unfortunately, nurses and other healthcare providers too often don’t address patients’ sexuality concerns or aren’t aware they even exist,” says author Mary Hughes, MS, RN, CNS.

Hughes discusses communication issues between partners, how to tactfully assess for possible sexual dysfunction, and interventions such as medications and other strategies. For example, if a woman’s physician does not want her to take estrogen, an alternative is L-arginine, an over-the-counter amino acid, may improve circulation to the genitals and improve sexual arousal.

“It’s not always easy for nurses to talk about sex with their patients,” says Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, Editor-in-Chief of American Nurse Today. “Mary’s article gives examples of questions to ask to encourage discussion about regaining normal sexual function, and specific ways of easing patients’ physical discomfort.” Hughes is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

American Nurse Today reaches 175,000 nurses including 160,000 members of ANA. In addition to keeping nurses abreast of ANA’s advocacy for the profession, American Nurse Today provides valuable, peer-reviewed, evidence based clinical, practical and career information that nurses can assimilate into their busy practices immediately.

HealthCom Media is a specialty publishing company located in Doylestown, PA. The company also publishes other specialty journals including Menopause Management, Assisted Living Consult, and Medicare Patient Management.

The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses through its 54 constituent member associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying Congress and the regulatory agencies on healthcare issues affecting nurses and the public.

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