Meet Your Colleagues: Ian Eardley of Leeds, UK
Sexual Problems for Survivors of Non-Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer Need Attention: Study
Our latest ISSM Member Profile features Dr. Ian Eardley of the United Kingdom.
Dr. Eardley is a consultant urologist at the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust. He is also an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Leeds and has a practice in urology, where he specializes in male sexual dysfunction and genital surgery.
Dr. Eardley has been an ISSM member for over 15 years. "The aspects of ISSM that are most valuable to me are the Journal (outstanding), the meetings (stimulating and enjoyable) and the friendships that I have made with physicians from around the world," he said.
He added that standards and education are important challenges nowadays.
"I am most proud of the work that we have done with the Multidisciplinary Joint Committee in Sexual Medicine. The politics of getting the committee set up was prolonged laborious, but the development the first international examination in sexual medicine, which is a mark of excellence in the field has been a great advance.
"We have a lot to do to improve education and training, including curriculum development and recognition of training centers, but we have made an important start," he said.
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Survivors of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) often face sexual issues. But strong communication can help them cope.
A team of American researchers noted that about 75% of the bladder cancer cases diagnosed in the United States fall in the NMIBC category. But this type of cancer's impact on sexual health has not been widely studied.
To learn more, they conducted a study in two parts. The first component involved a quantitative survey of 117 NMIBC survivors. For the second segment, they interviewed 26 NMIBC patients.
The two study phases yielded similar results. Over half the participants said that their illness and treatment had caused relationship problems. Almost 40% of those surveyed had had no sexual activity in the previous four weeks.
Many participants worried that cancer or treatment substances could be transmitted to their partner during sex.
Those who communicated openly with their partners tended to be more sexually active.
The study was first published online in Sexual Medicine. Please click here for more details.