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THE American Cancer Society1 estimates that almost three quarters of a million women will be diagnosed with cancer and about two thirds will survive. As survival rates increase, more attention is being paid to quality-of-life issues such as sexuality.2 Since the early 1970s, sexual function has been identified as an important aspect of patient care.3 For decades, the Oncology Nursing Society has included sexuality along with the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in its ‘‘Statement on the Scope and Standards of Oncology Nursing Practice.’’4 Women may be able to advocate for their cancer care, but many are not able to advocate for their sexuality. Nappi et al5 suggest that because the vagina is associated with a large number of derogatory terms, it is difficult for many women to talk about the vagina or anything associated with it, such as sexuality. However, despite this struggle, Soothill et al6 found that 52% of cancer patients wanted support in dealing with body changes and Lindau et al7 reported that 62% of genital tract cancer survivors never had a doctor talk to them about treatment effects on sexuality. Initially, patients are concerned about their lifestyle changes or limitations that their cancer will cause and do not focus on sexuality issues until there is a treatment plan and they are resuming their lives.8 What may surprise many clinicians is their patients’ continued interest in sexual issues, given their age, illness, or disability.