A montage of three photographs. They are all portrait images of people sitting on a bed and looking at the camera.

We need to talk about sex and cancer

Cancer can impact a person’s life in many ways; their relationships, their bodies, how they are feeling and more. It can touch every part of what makes someone who they are. And we know that for many, sex and intimacy following a cancer diagnosis is a huge concern. 

We want to help encourage and support more people to feel confident to have open conversations about sex and cancer. To do this, we have partnered with sexual wellness brand, Lovehoney. The partnership will shine a light on the impact cancer can have on people’s sexual wellbeing and encourage those who are worried to access the support available. 

As part of the partnership, we shared unique stories from people on how their cancer diagnosis impacted their sexual wellbeing. Our final video was from Elvin, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016. Here he talks about how side effects affected his sex life and how he often had to find information for himself.

Hear from our storytellers

Ali's story

Elvin is sitting on a bed, looking at the camera and smiling. He is holiday a white board with questions about cancer written on it.

Elvin's story

Sarah is sitting on a bed, looking at the camera and smiling.

Sarah's story

Sean is sitting on a bed and wearing a brown jackert.

Sean's story

Ellie is sitting on a bed, looking up and smiling.

Ellie's story

Talk to someone about sex and cancer

Get information about sex and cancer

If your sexual well-being is affected before, during or after cancer treatment, this does not mean your sex life is over. There may be advice, support or treatments that can help. We have information about the physical, emotional, and practical ways cancer might affect your sex life.

Our partnership with Lovehoney