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Sexual Health and Body Image

In honour of Ninon Bourque

Sexual Health and Body Image

Both cancer and it’s treatment can cause your body to change.

Your body may look different and/or you may feel that you look different due to some changes in the way that your body feels.  Some people struggle with these changes.  You will find on this page some resources that may help you with the changes in your body.

If you feel the need to talk to someone about those changes, contact our Psychosocial Oncology Program

or speak to your Health Care Team.

Books of Interest available at your public library or local bookstore

Book cover for saving your sex life
Saving Your Sex Life

by John P. Mulhall

ISBN: 0980064961
Publication Date: 2008

Book cover for Woman Cancer SexWoman Cancer Sex

by Anne Katz

ISBN: 9781890504809
Publication Date: 2009-04-01

Book cover for Man Cancer SexMan Cancer Sex

by Anne Katz

ISBN: 1890504874
Publication Date: 2009


Book cover for Sex when you're sickSex When You're Sick

by Anne Katz

ISBN: 9780313372339
Publication Date: 2009-05-30

Emotional and Body Image Changes

More information resources can be found in other parts of this site. Click on the topic and you will be redirected,

Anxiety and Depression


Look Good, Feel Better

Hair Loss

Cancer treatments can cause some temporary hair loss that may change the way you look and feel.  You may choose to wear a wig or cap if this makes you feel more comfortable.  The important thing is to be as comfortable as possible when dealing with your hair loss.

You may also want to attend a session of the Look Good… Feel Better.  It is a free workshop for women who are on cancer treatments, wanting to know more about facial skin care, makeovers and options for hair loss.  To register call 613-737-7700 ext. 10315 or visit

Wig, Mastectomy Supplies & Paramedical Tattooing

Many agencies in the community provide services / products that you may want to buy.

The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre has compiled lists of agencies that you may want to contact.

*** Please note that these handouts are produced for information purposes only.  Effort is made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information contained.  Please note that The Ottawa Hospital and its staff do not recommend or endorse any specific services and are not responsible for these services, nor the care or services provided.  Information is subject to change without notice. ***

Where to get a Wig

Where to buy Mastectomy Supplies

Where to get Paramedical Tattoos