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LOPES, Juliane da Silveira Ortiz de Camargo; COSTA, Lucimar Lopes de Andrade; GUIMARAES, Janaina Valadares  and  VIEIRA, Flaviana. The sexuality of women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.43, pp.350-368. ISSN 1695-6141.

Breast cancer is one of the main problems related to women's health, and the various forms of treatment can lead to bodily changes and significantly alter women's sexuality. The factors involved in sexuality of these women require a targeted approach, as the treatment of women is based on the diagnosis and treatment of health problems and does not necessarily cover all the complexity that the theme demands. Objective: To evaluate the scientific evidence of interference treatment of breast cancer on women's sexuality. We found twenty-one publications that met the inclusion criteria. Method: Integrative review conducted in MEDLINE, PubMed, LILACS and SciELO. Results: The results showed that women with breast cancer may decrease or interrupt their sexual activity during treatment, and many of them have sexual dysfunction with changes in various areas of sexuality, and these changes vary among women in treatment and women who completed treatment. These differences also arise when comparing different types of treatment, conservative and surgical. Conclusion: It is considered that this study contributes to the foundation of clinical practice of professionals involved in the health of women with breast cancer and the direction of future clinical trials.

Keywords : Sexuality; Breast Neoplasms; Sexual dysfunction.

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