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The Lovin' Ain't Over for Women with Cancer takes a frank and open approach to discussing the issues with sexuality and intimacy that many women experience after undergoing cancer treatment. It guides women and their partners with facts, knowledge and techniques that have worked for other women, and strategies recommended by top health professionals.

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The book takes a holistic view of creating a good sex life after female cancer treatment. It recognizes that a strong sense of self, and good communication between the partners, are essential to a happy and satisfying sexual experience, and gives pointers and examples to help on that path. It provides facts about women’s bodies and sexual function, and the effects of cancer therapies. It covers information about aids and medications in understandable language. It contains many practical suggestions and examples from women who have gone through the experience of breast and gynecological cancers, and strategies recommended by top sexual health professionals.

The goal is to help readers cope and take the necessary action to make their sex lives as vibrant, vital, and fulfilling as they would like. Each chapter provides women and their partners with information and options. In plain, frank language, it offers a reader-friendly, proactive, practical, and optimistic guide for women and couples struggling with sexual difficulties after cancer.

Our aim is to help you understand the facts and be aware of your options regarding the renewal of intimacy after struggling with the physical, emotional, and psychological impact of diagnosis and treatment. With this information, a woman or couple will have tools at their disposal to overcome the challenges. You can use this content to create your personal path to reinvigorating your love life. Read More >>

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Book authors Ralph and Barbara Alterowitz at your next meeting or event. Ralph Alterowitz with his wife Barbara, experts in intimacy, provide an entertaining, informative and positive way for couples to revive their love life. Call 301-983-9702 or email

About the Authors

Ralph and Barbara AlterowitzRalph and Barbara Alterowitz are certified as Sexuality Counselors by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and are the founders of the Center for Intimacy After Cancer Therapy, Inc. (C-I-ACT), a not-for-profit 501(c)(3).

They have lived the experience of survivorship and rebuilding intimacy, albeit in their case, the cancer patient was Ralph, who experienced sexual dysfunction after treatment for prostate cancer in 1995.

Ralph and Barbara are also the authors of two acclaimed books about sexuality and prostate cancer, "The Lovin' Ain't Over - The Couple's Guide to Better Sex After Prostate Disease" and "Intimacy with Impotence", a chapter about "Sexual Rehabilitation After Cancer" in "Sexual Health", a professional reference guide for therapists, and many articles. They have been counseling hundreds of cancer patients and their spouses / significant others, and are sought after speakers for support groups and conferences.

Barbara and Ralph have been happily married for 28 years.

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All the questions you are afraid to ask about your sex life after cancer are answered in The Lovin' Ain't Over for Women with Cancer. 

Helping women cancer survivors find their 'new normal' in their intimate life has finally found a voice.

Intimate, imaginative, inspiring and informative! An engaging, empathic yet practical, "hands-on" guide to making love again after a woman gets cancer.

This is a very empowering book for women dealing with breast cancer and their partners.

I am a prostate cancer survivor. Seven years ago I lost my wife of 47 years to breast cancer. I am no stranger to this disease and its consequences to all aspects of one's life.

A cancer diagnosis may be received by a woman of any age, in or out of a relationship, and in any sort of relationship. Whoever you are and no matter what your situation may be, you will be able to find yourself in this book. The Lovin' Ain't Over for Women with Cancer can be viewed as a guide to better living through making informed choices regarding your relationships as well as by maneuvering some of the choices during treatment. Read More

Joycelyn Elders, M.D.
Former Surgeon General of the United States

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