Sex and Skin Health Q&A

VIDEO | 45:00

In this portion of a Memorial Sloan Kettering CancerSmartvideo series moderated by CBS’s Max Gomez, clinical psychologist Jeanne Carter discusses the importance of screening for lymphedema, a painful buildup of fluids in the arms and legs that can affect body image and interest in sex and may increase the risk of skin infections. Additionally, urologist Boback Berookhim says that while surgery to remove the prostate (radical prostatectomy) may have an immediate effect on sexual function, this is usually temporary. Overall, our experts explain why it is important for doctors to address both the physical and psychological aspects of many cancer treatments’ impact on libido — and to find ways to educate survivors and their partners.