The New ISSM/SMSNA Sub-Saharan Africa Training Program in Oncosexology!

The International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), the Kenya Society for Hematology and Oncology (KESHO), and the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) are partnering to build on the educational programs on sexual medicine and sexual health, brought to Kenya and East Africa in 2019 and 2021, by offering a 9-month training program designed for clinicians in cancer care who wish to address sexual health with their cancer patients. 

The ISSM/KESHO/SMSNA Sub-Saharan Africa Training Program in Oncosexology aims to equip multidisciplinary clinicians in cancer care with baseline skills to start conversations with patients and their partners about the impact of cancer on their sexuality and about rehabilitation. The goal of the program is to help individuals and couples coping with cancer restore the ability to have satisfying sexual lives. The program will be delivered by international faculty with expertise in sexual health and by African faculty with additional knowledge of cultural issues that impact sexual health.

Program Committee

The sessions are being composed by the ISSM/SMSNA program committee;

Luca Incrocci
Luca IncrocciThe Netherlands
Daniela Wittmann
Daniela WittmannUSA
Lawrence Jenkins
Lawrence JenkinsUSA
Miriam Mutebi
Miriam MutebiKenya
Phillip Odiyo Ouma
Phillip Odiyo OumaKenya

Program Format

The program will consist of monthly 90-minute sessions, with didactic and case consultation components. Participants will have an opportunity to submit cases for discussion, based on the topic of any particular session.

Program objectives:

  • Educate participants about the impact of cancer treatments on sexual health of patients, partners and couples
  • Educate participants about sexual rehabilitation strategies after cancer treatment
  • Provide consultation on actual clinical cases
  • Encourage a robust discussion of cultural issues that influence patients’ and partners’ experience of sexual problems after cancer treatment and recovery of sexual intimacy

This program is designed for oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, physical therapists, and trainees located in Sub-Saharan Africa. Please note that slots to participate in this Program are limited. If you are not located in Sub-Saharan Africa, then your application will need to be vetted by the Program Committee. You will be informed via email in due course once your registration has been approved.

Certification of attendance/completion will be awarded to anyone who completes 80% (7) of the 9 sessions. 

CPD points will be awarded for participants from Kenya.

Future Topics

  • January 25, 2023: Biopsychosocial approach to sexuality

  • February 22, 2023: Sexual health assessment

  • March 29, 2023: The impact of radiation on sexuality and a multidisciplinary approach

  • April 26, 2023: The impact of surgery on sexuality
  • May 31, 2023: The impact of chemotherapy and hormonal therapy on sexuality and a multidisciplinary approach 
  • June 28, 2023: Fertility preservation 

  • July 26, 2023: Managing sexual side-effects of cancer and its treatment as an individual 

  • August 30, 2023: Managing sexual side-effects of cancer in a relationship 

  • September 27, 2023: Implementing onco-sexology practice in your setting 

 All sessions will take place at 05.00PM EAT (EAT = UTC +3)


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