Gynecologic Cancer – The Radiation Elephant in the Room

May 3, 2012 | 3 Comments

Gynecologic cancers include malignancies of the female genital tract involving the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, Fallopian tubes or ovaries. A common treatment involves radiation therapy (also known as radiotherapy). Radiation therapy involves treatment with high energy rays (such as x-rays) with the intent to shrink or kill cancer cells. The Radiation Elephant in the Room: Patients share that they want to do any treatments they can to save their lives, but often aren’t prepared to deal with the after-effects of treatment such as radiation. Radiation therapy has a significant impact on the body. It’s difficult to discuss, but it’s an…

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Painful Intercourse – Bad Advice

April 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Painful intercourse (Dyspareunia)   The medical term for painful intercourse is dyspareunia (dis-puh-ROO-ne-uh) — which is defined as persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during or after intercourse. ~ Mayo Clinic Unfortunately, it is difficult to know the exact prevalence of dyspareunia with studies showing ranges from 7% to 60%, depending on the inclusion and defining criteria. ( There can be numerous reasons for painful intercourse, ranging from psychological to physical. Regardless of the source of the pain, the most important factor is that when a patient seeks help for painful intercourse, healthcare professionals should do their…

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