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End Date Jan 2022

Interview (video call or by telephone) – The impact of bowel cancer on sexuality and intimacy: The experiences of sexual minority men

Cancer Type

Bowel

Location

All

Eligibility

Males over the age of 18 years old who self-identify as men who have sex with men can take part. They must have received a diagnosis of bowel/colorectal cancer. They must be in remission and have completed any treatments at least six months prior to taking part.

Who is organising the research?

Hannah Ward at the University of East London

What is the research about?

Bowel cancer and its treatment can significantly impact on a person’s sexuality and intimacy, resulting in considerable changes to sexual function, relationships, and self-esteem. People from sexual minorities often have to contend with these changes whilst navigating healthcare settings which are centred around heteronormative principles and practices, resulting in difficulties receiving relevant support and advice. The research project aims to explore how men who have sex with men experience their sexuality and intimacy in the context of bowel cancer. Themes from the study can be used to inform healthcare professionals about the ways sexual minority men navigate their sexual and intimate relationships post-cancer, to ensure the advice they provide is relevant and meeting their needs.

Who can take part?

Males over the age of 18 years old who self-identify as men who have sex with men can take part. They must have received a diagnosis of bowel/colorectal cancer. They must be in remission and have completed any treatments at least six months prior to taking part. The study is excluding those who have a permanent ostomy as a result of their cancer treatment, but will include those who had temporary or no ostomies.

What does taking part involve?

Taking part in the research would involve a one-to-one interview with Hannah Ward, the lead researcher. Interviews will take up to one hour and take place over Microsoft Teams video call or by telephone. During the interview, participants will be asked about their experiences of having bowel cancer and the impact it has had on their sexuality and relationships. The interview should be like having an informal chat and participants will be free to share as much or as little about their experiences as they feel comfortable. Everything discussed will be kept anonymous and confidential.

Participants will be offered a £10 Amazon voucher as a token of appreciation for taking part.

How can you get involved?

If you are interested in taking part or if you have any questions, please email Hannah Ward at u1945541@uel.ac.uk.

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