Sexuality and Reproductive Issues (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI] - Effects of Medicines on Sexual Function
The side effects of medicines can add to the sexual side effects of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Cancer patients may receive drug therapy that can affect nerves, blood vessels, and hormones that control normal sexual function. Mental alertness and moods may also be affected. These side effects may occur in cancer patients who take opioids for pain and drugs to treat depression, for example.