Research Study

BREAST Study: Breast Cancer and Sexuality Treatment
Principal Investigator 
Lori Brotto


Body Locations and Systems 
Study Start/End 
Mar 9, 2020
Diamond Health Care Centre
Shannon Woo, Research Coordinator
604-875-4111 ext.68901
Email Address
Purpose of Study 

The BREAST study aims to support female breast cancer survivors with the changes that breast cancer treatment can bring to their sexual lives. We will compare two effective treatments - a mindfullness-based treatment and sex education - in addressing difficulties with sexual desire, sexual distress and/or sexual pain. Findings from this study will inform which treatments work best for whom to improve the sexual health and quality of life of breast cancer survivors.


Participation will be open to:

  • women 19 years of age or older
  • women with a history of breast cancer, where at least 3 months has passed since the end of cancer treatment
  • women who are fluent in English
  • women who experience difficulties with sexual desire, arousal and/or genital pain

Participation is open to both women who are, and who are not, in a relationship, as long as they have engaged in sexual activity (alone or with a sexual partner) in the past 6 months, or as long as they indicate a willingness to engage in sexual activity (alone or with a sexual partner) during the time period of the study.


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