Saketh Guntupalli, MD, CU Cancer Center Investigator

Saketh Guntupalli, MD, CU Cancer Center Investigator

An encounter with a patient and an a-ha moment inspired a University of Colorado Cancer Center physician to write a book about a challenge experienced by many gynecological oncology patients.

Saketh Guntupalli, MD, held a book signing in July for his book Sex and Cancer:  Intimacy, romance and love after diagnosis and treatment.

Approximately 350 guests including family, friends, colleagues and patient advocates showed their support for Guntupalli and his coauthor, Marilyn Karinch.

“It was humbling to see so many people at the signing,” said Guntupalli. “To have my parents travel for the event is one thing. But to see so many patients, medical school classmates and professional colleagues was truly overwhelming.”

Guntupalli got the inspiration for the book after meeting with Karinch, at the time a 42-year-old woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

“I wanted to write the book to help women like Marilyn regain much of what they lost after their cancer diagnosis especially sexual intimacy and healthy sexual relationships,” said Guntupalli.

To read more about the meeting that sparked the book Sex and Cancer, click here for an article from UCHealth. Click here for Guntupalli’s thoughts on the inspiration for the book.