Sexual Health Is Paramount in the Counseling of Women at Risk for Breast or Ovarian Cancer Undergoing Risk-Reducing Surgery

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Jordan E. Rullo, PhD, ABPP, CST, is a board certified Clinical Health Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology and Psychiatry, Division of General Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and practices consultative health at the Women's Health Clinic at Mayo Clinic. Her areas of specialty include female and male sexual health concerns, sexual health related to menopause and cancer, transgender health, sexual orientation, and couple therapy. She trained at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University—Bloomington, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality. She is a published author in peer-reviewed journals on the topic of sexual health and has presented on sexual health at national and international conferences.The ideas and viewpoints expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily represent any policy, position, or program of NCCN.Sandhya Pruthi, MD, received her MD from the University of Manitoba, Canada, in 1990, and completed a Family Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1994. She was the Director of the Breast Diagnostic Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from January 2002 to July 2010. She is a Consultant in the Department of General Internal Medicine and a Professor of Medicine.Dr. Pruthi's research area is in breast cancer prevention. Her clinical expertise is the management of women at increased risk for breast cancer and providing preoperative counseling to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. She is the Mayo Clinic principal investigator on several national breast cancer prevention and biomarker trials aimed at reducing the risk of breast cancer. She has collaborated in other women's health trials studying complementary and alternative therapies for the management of menopausal symptoms and improving the quality of life of breast cancer survivors.Dr. Pruthi is the Chief Medical Editor and Associate Medical Director for Content Management and Delivery for Global Business Solutions. She is an Associate Medical Director for Development and physician partner in the Center for Innovation at Mayo Clinic.
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