Cancer & Sexual Health Clinic

For cancer survivors who have sexual health concerns or require menopause management

We are committed to addressing patients’ concerns about sexual health as an integral part of their care, from diagnosis and treatment through survivorship. People may experience physical and emotional changes impacting their quality of life. This is a common consequence of cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and hormone therapy.

We provide individualized consultations and education to help you to find solutions based through a biopsychosocial approach.

Commonly seen concerns include: management of menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and vaginal dryness, sexual discomfort, decreased desire / arousal / orgasm, changes to sexual self-image, relationship communication.

Who we see: breast cancer, pelvic cancers (ovarian, uterine, cervical), vulvar and vaginal cancers, bladder and anorectal cancers are the most common.

Referrals Required. FAX to 604-877-6179

ATTN: Sexual Medicine Clinic / Dr Melanie Altas

Clinic Contact: Dr Melanie Altas melanie.altas@vch.ca

We provide mentoring and observership opportunities for physicians/ nurse practitioners / nurses who want to advance their skills in sexual medicine/menopause and cancer survivorship. Email Dr Melanie Altas for more information.

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For people who have been previously diagnosed and treated for Vulvar Intra-Epithelial Neoplasia (VIN).

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Cancer & Sexual Health

For individuals who have sexual health concerns or require complex menopause management

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