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Gynea helps women who experience late damage after gynaecological cancer

Gynea fra Forhelse
Gynea is a digital learning and coping program for women who have had gynaecological cancer. User experiences show good results, and during March 2024 Gynea will be available to everyone via the Cancer Society’s “Vardesenter”.

Gynea is a tool who might contribute to better coping with everyday life.

The aim of the program is to increase competence in handling the physical and psychological changes that often occur after cancer treatment. Many women find that even if they are healthy from the disease itself, life is not quite the same as before. They say that they knew little about what their everyday life would be after the treatment. – We are proud to be able to offer this digital learning and coping program to women who have been through gynaecological cancer, and who want more knowledge about, and follow-up, after treatment. This is what psychologist specialist and project manager of the research project, Tine Nordgreen from Forhelse, says.

Doctoral work now shows good user experience of Gynea.

Sex after gynaecological cancer.

Forskning.no is referring to Sigrund Breistig’s doctoral work at VID university of science, which shows that Gynea has a good effect on women’s health. In the doctoral work, 20 women were interviewed, and the answers show that several women described both the cancer and the treatment as a trauma. Some compared it to an assault.

A very positive aspect of the study is that the participants reported good help from the digital rehabilitation program Gynea.

“Hannah” described it as ground-breaking to learn how she could talk to her boyfriend about what she is going through, and together figure out what sex and intimacy should be for them now. Read the case at sciencenorway.no

(Norwegian: Forskning.no)

Read the article: Sigrund Breistig, with more: Redefining sexual health after gynaecological cancer: Lived experiences from Gynea, a digital rehabilitation programme,  Journal of Clinical Nursing (JCN), March 2024.

More about the Gynea program.

The Gynea program runs over 6 weeks. Once a week, participants receive a new module with information, tools and exercises to master everyday life after the treatment. Examples of topics for the modules are “Changed body”, “Sexual health”, “Fatigue” and “Fear of relapse”. The participants are followed up by a nurse. Experience from a similar program shows that follow-up from health personnel increases the usefulness of the programs.

Previous user reviews of Gynea in the Norwegian newspaper bt.no:

Linn-Marie got cervical cancer. This is how she got help to cope with life after treatment.