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Sex, intimacy or fertility

This section is about the impact of a cancer diagnosis on relationships with people who are important to you.   

Please click on the links below for sources of information to help you understand, and cope with, the possible effects on close relationships.

Macmillan Cancer Support - how cancer can affect your relationships

Macmillan Cancer Support - sex and cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support aims to improve the lives of people affected by cancer by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Also produces booklets on different types of cancer and on aspects of living with cancer. 

Freephone helpline – 0808 808 00 00

Cancer Research UK – Sex, sexuality and cancer

The Cancer Research UK website has information on different types of cancer and living with cancer.

Cancer Research UK freephone helpline: 0808 800 4040

Leicester Fertility Centre

Part of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, the Leicester Fertility Centre provides sperm storage and egg freezing facilities to oncology and haematology patients.  If your cancer, or its treatment, are likely to make you infertile your doctor or specialist nurse will talk to you about being referred to the Leicester Fertility Centre.

Information relating to specific types of cancer

Breast Cancer Now

Produces two booklets relevant to relationships: 

Prostate cancer

Prostate Cancer UK – Sex and relationships

Information about how prostate cancer and its treatments can affect your sex life and fertility.

If you would like further information please contact the Cancer Information Centre and we will try to help you.

 This page last reviewed 19/06/2023