Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Epidemiology and Population Health

Committee Chair

Baumgartner, Richard N.


Cervix uteri--Cancer--Patients--Sexual behavior; Cancer--Patients--Sexual behavior; Cancer--Patients--Conduct of life


Cervical cancer poses a unique opportunity for researchers who are interested in quality of life. It is one of the most common cancers, has a very high survival rate, and very little research has been conducted to determine the effects of cervical cancer on women post-diagnosis. This goal of this thesis was to determine if cervical cancer survivors were at greater risk of sexual dysfunction due to treatment or stage of disease and to determine if poorer quality of life outcomes were associated with sexual dysfunction and depression. The results found that stage and treatment options put survivors at greater risk for sexual dysfunction and that sexual dysfunction and depression were associated with poorer mental and physical quality of life.