Sexuality & Intimacy for Young Adult Cancer Survivors


With Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C

- Sunday, January 8, 3:30-5:00pm

A cancer survivor's sexual health and intimate relationships can suffer from the short- and long-term effects that cancer and its treatments can have. Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, and bone marrow transplantation may impact sexual health. 

Sex therapist Sage Bolte will lead a facilitated discussion on communicating sexual changes, desires and needs, and improving quality of life. 

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.


About Sage Bolte, PhD, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Dr. Sage Bolte lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Jeff and their three children. She is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in how cancer and its treatments affect the sexual self and relationships in persons of all ages, at all stages of cancer survivorship. She has done numerous national and international presentations and has also contributed to a number of publications on this topic. In 2008, Dr. Bolte received the American Cancer Society’s Doctoral Training Grant.

In addition to sexual health research and education, Dr. Bolte has spent the last several years of her career exploring the needs of two of the most under-recognized and under-served populations: young adults and those living with a chronic or incurable cancer. She hopes to continue to explore the unique psychosocial support needs of both of these populations.

Sage received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College in both Psychology and Social Work and later received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has served as adjunct faculty at both The Catholic University of America and George Mason University. She received her PhD in Social Work from The Catholic University of America School of Social Service where her dissertation explored the sexual selves of young adult cancer survivors as compared to their healthy peers.

Sage is currently an oncology counselor at Life with Cancer, a not for profit INOVA Cancer Services program and an educator at Capital Caring a palliative and hospice care organization.