Sexuality

Chemotherapy and its associated side effects may impinge upon/affect your sexuality.  Therefore, whilst undergoing chemotherapy please do not hesitate to discuss any concerns you may have with your Nurse or Oncologist. 

Following chemotherapy administration, all of your body fluids are contaminated with chemotherapy for up to 7 days.  Excretion times and excretion routes of each drug varies. 

 If you and your partner are sexually active, condoms and birth control should be used throughout each chemotherapy course.

Taking Precautions with Chemotherapy

Direct or indirect exposure to chemotherapeutic drugs through urine, bowel motions, vomit, semen, and vaginal fluid could cause damage to a person not having chemotherapy.

  • Wear disposable gloves when handling body fluid

  • Wear a condom

  • Full flush the toilet with the lid down

  • Wash contaminated clothes in a hot soapy wash

Don’t be afraid to express your concerns and feelings associated with chemotherapy with your family and staff at NCI.