For survivors, breast cancer can threaten another part of their lives: sexual intimacy

Jill, a breast cancer survivor, joined a clinical study run by Kristen Carpenter, director of Women’s Behavioral Health at Ohio State University, that looks at ways of improving sexual and emotional health after breast cancer. The study of 30 women used mind-body techniques to help them rethink negative, self-directed thoughts. This Washington Post article explores this intervention and more!


New mom hangs ‘no breastfeeding zone’ sign to alert nurses that she’s a breast cancer survivor


For some women, breastfeeding isn’t an option — and being reminded of that fact can be difficult to handle. This article, featuring input from Dr. Carpenter, details one new mom and breast cancer survivor’s decision to address the issue head-on, by posting a sign above her hospital bed before giving birth.

New Online Study Now Recruiting!

Our research team at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is currently enrolling participants to participate in a paid one-time online anonymous survey about sexual health and well-being following a cancer diagnosis.

We are interested in examining health and sexuality in young adults. This study may help us better understand the health, fertility, and sexuality in young adults, particularly those who have experienced a cancer diagnosis at a young age. We hope to learn what factors predict better outcomes in survivors and to see how young adult survivors differ from young adults without a cancer history in sexual health outcomes. The ultimate goal is to use our findings to guide future research in developing tailored sexuality interventions for AYA cancer survivors to reduce poor sexual outcomes.

The survey is online and anonymous and lasts approximately 30-45 minutes. Following completion of the survey, you will be e-mailed a $10 Amazon gift card and have the opportunity to enter a lottery to receive an additional $50 Amazon gift card.

You may be eligible for the study if you are between the ages of 18-39, have been diagnosed with or have a history of cancer, are not currently pregnant, and have access to an internet-enabled device.

If you are interested in participating or learning more about this study, please contact:

Kate Conroy