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Sexual intimacy article earns writer an award nomination

Layla Haidrani explored how nurses could broach a potentially difficult subject with patients

Layla Haidrani explored how nurses could broach a potentially difficult subject with patients


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A former writer for Cancer Nursing Practice has been shortlisted for a prestigious journalism prize for an article that examined the impact of cancer on patients’ relationships and sex lives.

Layla Haidrani’s article, Sexual intimacy: the disruptive effects of cancer treatment, was published online in September last year and was the cover story in our October 2017 print issue.

Opening up

The article included advice for nurses on how to create an atmosphere of openness for patients to bring up subjects they might not otherwise address, as well as how to sensitively handle conversations about the effect of cancer symptoms on sexual intimacy.

Layla has been shortlisted in the Young Journalist category of the Guild of Health Writers 2018 awards. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 21 November.

Layla is now features editor at What’s On Dubai magazine.

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