The 2024 ISSM/SMSNA Sub-Saharan Africa Training Program in Oncosexology!

Come and join the 2024 Training Program in Oncosexology in Sub-Saharan Africa. Building on the 2023 program, during which sexual health education in cancer was paired with case discussions, in 2024, participants will have an opportunity to observe examples of sexual health care as it is practiced and discuss how they might approach such care in their own settings. Five sessions will offer in-depth training in how to talk to patients and partners about their sexual concerns after cancer, how to do a physical sexual health assessment, psychosexual assessment, how to teach patients to use pro-erectile aids and aids to vaginal health, how couples can navigate challenges in the recovery of sexual intimacy after cancer treatment. Sessions will include lectures, case discussions and practical demonstrations of skills. The program is offered to all oncology providers (medical and radiation oncologists, urologists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, educators), patients and family members. The program is sponsored by the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA) and the Kenyan Society for Hematology and Oncology (KEHSO).


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 60% (3) of the 5 sessions. These sessions must be attended live.

CPD points will be awarded for participants from Kenya.

Future sessions

  • August 7, 2024: Skills to assess and treat sexual dysfunction after cancer treatment in males

  • September 4, 2024: Skills to assess and treat sexual dysfunction after cancer treatment in females

  • October 2, 2024: Psycho-sexual rehabilitation after treatment of cancer for the patient and partner

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

Past sessions

  • June 12, 2024: How to Take a Sexual History in Cancer Patients

  • July 10, 2024: Ethical, legal and cultural aspects to be considered when working with cancer patients in Africa


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