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This study was written as a review to discuss gender as a social taboo in women with gynecological cancer. The articles about culture, sexuality and gynecological cancer were retrieved from electronic databases: Pubmed, Google Scholar, EBSCOHOST, Scopus and Reference Series Turkey. Because of most of the people are conservative, talking on sexuality becomes a taboo not only for patients, but also for nurse in Turkey. Gynecological cancer diagnosis has an important impact on sexuality which is one of the basic human needs and crucial for the quality of life. Vaginal dryness and orgasm problems are the most common sexual troubles for gynecological cancer patients. Due to shame and social norms; patients may avoid talking about their sexual problems with nurse. Nurse should be aware for sexual care needs of gynecological cancer patients and have to encourage them for talking about their sexual life.
Keywords: Gynecological cancers; sexuality; culture; sexual taboo.
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