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Sharon L. Bober, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (617) 632-6547
Fax: (617) 632-2473


sharon_bober@dfci.harvard.edu

Sharon L. Bober, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Director, Sexual Health Program, DepartmentPsychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

My interests in the area of psycho-oncology are in sexual functioning after cancer, psychological adjustment for women at high risk for breast cancer and cancer survivorship. I am also interested in the broader issues related to cancer genetics (BRCA1/2) and sexual function after cancer risk-reducing surgery.

Publications

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  • Reese JB, Smith KC, Handorf E, Sorice K, Bober SL, Bantug ET, Schwartz S, Porter LS. A randomized pilot trial of a couple-based intervention addressing sexual concerns for breast cancer survivors. J Psychosoc Oncol 2018. PubMed
  • Reese JB, Sorice KA, Oppenheimer NM, Smith KC, Bober SL, Bantug ET, Schwartz SC, Porter LS. Why do breast cancer survivors decline a couple-based intimacy enhancement intervention trial? Transl Behav Med 2018. PubMed
  • Frederick NN, Campbell K, Kenney LB, Moss K, Speckhart A, Bober SL. Barriers and facilitators to sexual and reproductive health communication between pediatric oncology clinicians and adolescent and young adult patients: The clinician perspective. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2018; 65:e27087. PubMed
  • Kenney LB, Antal Z, Ginsberg JP, Hoppe BS, Bober SL, Yu RN, Constine LS, van Santen HM, Skinner R, Green DM. Improving Male Reproductive Health After Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer: Progress and Future Directions for Survivorship Research. J Clin Oncol 2018. PubMed
  • Reese JB, Bober SL, Daly MB. Talking about women's sexual health after cancer: Why is it so hard to move the needle? Cancer 2017; 123:4757-4763. PubMed
  • Zhou ES, Frederick NN, Bober SL. Hormonal Changes and Sexual Dysfunction. Med Clin North Am 2017; 101:1135-1150. PubMed
  • Bober SL, Recklitis CJ, Michaud AL, Wright AA. Improvement in sexual function after ovarian cancer: Effects of sexual therapy and rehabilitation after treatment for ovarian cancer. Cancer 2017. PubMed
  • Reese JB, Beach MC, Smith KC, Bantug ET, Casale KE, Porter LS, Bober SL, Tulsky JA, Daly MB, Lepore SJ. Effective patient-provider communication about sexual concerns in breast cancer: a qualitative study. Support Care Cancer 2017. PubMed
  • Frederick NN, Bober SL, Berwick L, Tower M, Kenney LB. Preparing childhood cancer survivors for transition to adult care: The young adult perspective. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2017. PubMed
  • Zhou ES, Bober SL, Nekhlyudov L, Hu JC, Kantoff PW, Recklitis CJ. Physical and emotional health information needs and preferences of long-term prostate cancer survivors. Patient Educ Couns 2016. PubMed
  • Reese JB, Porter LS, Casale KE, Bantug ET, Bober SL, Schwartz SC, Smith KC. Adapting a couple-based intimacy enhancement intervention to breast cancer: A developmental study. Health Psychol 2016; 35:1085-96. PubMed
  • Bober SL, Reese JB, Barbera L, Bradford A, Carpenter KM, Goldfarb S, Carter J. How to ask and what to do: a guide for clinical inquiry and intervention regarding female sexual health after cancer. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care 2016; 10:44-54. PubMed
  • Bober SL, Recklitis CJ, Bakan J, Garber JE, Patenaude AF. Addressing sexual dysfunction after risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy: effects of a brief, psychosexual intervention. 2015. PubMed
  • Rosenberg SM, Tamimi RM, Gelber S, Ruddy KJ, Bober SL, Kereakoglow S, Borges VF, Come SE, Schapira L, Partridge AH. Treatment-related amenorrhea and sexual functioning in young breast cancer survivors. Cancer 2014. PubMed
  • Bober SL, Zhou ES, Chen B, Manley PE, Kenney LB, Recklitis CJ. Sexual function in childhood cancer survivors: a report from Project REACH. 2013; 10:2084-93. PubMed
  • Bober SL, Giobbie-Hurder A, Emmons KM, Winer E, Partridge A. Psychosexual functioning and body image following a diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ. 2013. PubMed
  • Bober SL, Carter J, Falk S. Addressing female sexual function after cancer by internists and primary care providers. 2013; 10 Suppl 1:112-9. PubMed
  • Bober SL, Varela VS. Sexuality in adult cancer survivors: challenges and intervention. J Clin Oncol 2012; 30:3712-9. PubMed
  • Recklitis CJ, Sanchez Varela V, Ng A, Mauch P, Bober S. Sexual functioning in long-term survivors of Hodgkin's lymphoma. 2010; 19:1229-33. PubMed
  • Park ER, Bober SL, Campbell EG, Recklitis CJ, Kutner JS, Diller L. General internist communication about sexual function with cancer survivors. J Gen Intern Med 2009; 24 Suppl 2:S407-11. PubMed
  • Bober SL, Recklitis CJ, Campbell EG, Park ER, Kutner JS, Najita JS, Diller L. Caring for cancer survivors: a survey of primary care physicians. Cancer 2009; 115:4409-18. PubMed
  • Recklitis CJ,Campbell EG,Kutner JS,Bober SL. Money talks: non-monetary incentive and Internet administration fail to increase response rates to a physician survey. J Clin Epidemiol 2009; 62:224-6. PubMed
  • Park ER,Norris RL,Bober SL. Sexual health communication during cancer care: barriers and recommendations. Cancer J 2009; 15:74-7. PubMed
  • Matloff ET,Barnett RE,Bober SL. Unraveling the next chapter: sexual development, body image, and sexual functioning in female BRCA carriers. Cancer J 2009; 15:15-8. PubMed
  • Bober SL. From the guest editor. Out in the open: addressing sexual health after cancer. Cancer J 2009; 15:13-4. PubMed
  • Bober SL, Hoke LA, Duda RB, Tung NM. Recommendation recall and satisfaction after attending breast/ovarian cancer risk counseling. J Genet Couns 2007; 16:755-62. PubMed
  • Bober SL, Hoke LA, Duda RB, Regan MM, Tung NM. Decision-making about tamoxifen in women at high risk for breast cancer: clinical and psychological factors. J Clin Oncol 2004; 22:4951-7. PubMed
  • Hungr C, Sanchez-Varela V, Bober SL. Self-Image and Sexuality Issues among Young Women with Breast Cancer: Practical Recommendations. Rev Invest Clin 2017; 69:114-22. PubMed
  • Sanchez Varela V, Zhou ES, Bober SL. Management of sexual problems in cancer patients and survivors. Curr Probl Cancer 2013; 37:319-52. PubMed
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