Is Vaginal Dryness Due To Chemopause Dangerous And How Can A Survivor Cope? - Dr. Margileth

Uploaded by drjayharness on 09.02.2012

>>>DR. JAY HARNESS: One of the most difficult long-term complications of breast cancer and
subsequently chemotherapy, especially in pre-menopausal women are the sexual side effects. And I hope
that some day we can have some modality that reverses those because they can really be
a major impact on the woman’s life long-term.
Many of the chemotherapies are toxic to the ovaries and pushing young women into menopause
with effects on heart, bone, vaginal dryness. There are a number of lubricants that we recommend
– Replens, K-Y etc. that are helpful at least from the vaginal dryness point of view.
One of the huge controversies of breast cancer in the last 30 or 40 years has been the question
‘is it ever safe to administer supplemental estrogen in a woman who has had a history
of breast cancer?’
The data is mostly neutral but there are a couple of recent studies from Scandinavia
that would indicate that that approach might be harmful. Many times it becomes a quality
of life issue. If a woman is ten years out from a breast cancer, might have had a triple
negative breast cancer, and is having major issues with sexual side effects, I am not
dogmatic and at some point a trial of estrogen is reasonable and if that works really well,
take whatever minimal risk there may be at that point and continue on the estrogen.
Shortly after breast cancer therapy it’s probably never a good idea but it’s a huge
dilemma for all women and the one thing that long-term can be a major impact on their life.
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