New York, Feb 6, 2017: Childhood brain tumor survivors and any survivor who received Cancer treatments that were toxic to the nervous system are less likely to have had intercourse, be in a relationship, or have children, a new research has found.
The findings which were published online in the journal CANCER, showed that some groups of childhood Cancer survivors, are likely to attain fewer psycho-sexual milestones.
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“Psycho-sexual development entails reaching certain milestones, such as sexual debut, entering committed relationships, or having children,” one of the researchers, Vicky Lehmann from Ohio State University in the US, explained.
Cancer treatment during childhood can be harmful to the developing brain and can improve into lasting neurocognitive impairments that can contribute to difficulties while participating in social interactions. Therefore childhood Cancer survivors may also face difficulties when trying to initiate sexual and romantic relationships in adulthood, due to their prior treatments.
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In the course of investigation, 144 young adult survivors of childhood Cancer and 144 matched controls were approached to complete questionnaires about psychosexual development, sexual satisfaction and satisfaction with their relationship status.
The researchers also utilised information from medical charts to rate the neurotoxicity of the treatment received. Other than having fewer lifetime sex partners, survivors did not differ from controls, informed the study.
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However, subgroups such as survivors of brain tumours and any survivor who received high-dose neurotoxic treatments submitted the lowest rates of achieving milestones of psychosexual development that entails milestones, such as sexual debut or being a parent, the study concluded. (IANS)