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Patient Attitudes Toward the Use of Vibrating Vaginal Dilators in Women Who Have Received Radiation for Gynecologic Malignancies
The purpose of the research is to determine and identify barriers to usage of vibrating vaginal dilators and examine how these barriers, demographic variables, quality of life dimensions, and sexual function measures affect adherence to vibrating vaginal dilator therapy.
You will be asked to complete various questionnaires about your health status, quality of life, mood, and sexual function.
You will be prescribed vibrating vaginal dilator therapy as part of your clinical care and receive teaching on how to use the vibrating vaginal dilator. You will complete the questionnaires for the study at this visit, and you will be given a usage diary to record frequency and barriers of use until your next follow-up visit.
- Age > 18
- Diagnosis of any gynecologic malignancy requiring treatment with radiation therapy
- All stages of cancer
- All histologies of cancer
- Expected to continue cancer care at UWCCC for at least 3 months duration
- Would normally be prescribed a vaginal dilator
- If patient is pregnant they are ineligible
- If patient has documented history of Alzheimers disease, dementia, or other neurologic deficit that
could impact decision-making they are ineligible
Applicable Disease Sites
UW Hospital and Clinics