Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 879–885 | Cite as

Sexual quality of life evaluation after treatment among women with breast cancer under 35 years old

  • Anaïse BlouetEmail author
  • Marie Zinger
  • Olivier Capitain
  • Sébastien Landry
  • Hugues Bourgeois
  • Valérie Thepot Seegers
  • Yoann Pointreau
Original Article



To qualify the quality of patients sexual lives after treatment among women with breast cancer under 35 years old and compare results to the literature.


Sexual quality of life was measured for 84 women aged 20 to 35 years old at diagnosis, with two validated quality of sexual life questionnaires, Brief Index of Sexual Functioning for Women (BISF-W) and Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), at least six months after breast cancer diagnosis. Two other questionnaires were used to allow us to understand other aspects of their life before cancer and to monitor quality of sexual life during treatment.


Forty-three women responded to the questionnaire. The questionnaires demonstrated that more than half of them had problems with their sexuality. The mean total score was 28.08/75 for BISF-W and 25.1 for FSFI (under the cutoff score 26.55). The domain analysis showed an association between the absence of chemotherapy and scores in regard to sexual health. Only 7% had sexual disturbance detected but 49% of the patients wished to have it.


Sexual dysfunction in breast cancer survivors is real, has several factors, and cannot be evaluated based only on the organic side effects induced by cancer treatment. Better monitoring and screening seems necessary in order to optimize the quality of sexual life after surviving breast cancer.


Sexuality Sexual health Breast cancer BISF-W FSFI 



Female Sexual Function Index


Brief Index of Sexual Functioning for Women


insitut de cancérologie de l’OUEST


Centre Jean Bernard


Author’s contribution

Anaïse Blouet participated in conducting the study, collecting the data for the study, and in writing the manuscript.

Yoann Pointreau and Marie Zinger participated in the writing of the manuscript.

Valérie Thepot Seegers participated in the statistical analysis.

Olivier Capitain participated in revising the manuscript.

Hugues Bourgeois participated in revising the manuscript and in the construction of the study.

Sebastien Landry participated in revising the manuscript and in the construction of the study.

Funding information

This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Compliance with ethical standards

This study obtained the agreement of the ethical committee from Angers University Hospital. All the authors are consent to publication. Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study. The datasets used and/or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical OncologyCholet HospitalCholetFrance
  2. 2.Department of Oncology and AlgologyVictor Hugo Clinic-Jean Bernard CenterLe MansFrance
  3. 3.Department of Medical OncologyIntegrated Center of Oncology Paul PapinAngersFrance
  4. 4.Department of SexologyJean Bernard CenterLe MansFrance
  5. 5.Department of Medical OncologyVictor Hugo Clinic-Jean Bernard CenterLe MansFrance
  6. 6.Service de BiométrieIntegrated Center of Oncology Paul PapinAngersFrance
  7. 7.Department of Medical Oncology and RadiotherapyVictor Hugo Clinic-Jean Bernard CenterLe MansFrance

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