Treatment Choices and Sexuality with Regard to Breast Cancer

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The different treatments for breast cancer, and their impact on your sexuality

This week we are talking about a question written to Dr. Roach and published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, a letter written by a 68 -year old sexually active woman to Dr. Roach asking about the best form of treatment for her breast cancer. She wanted to deal with the cancer, and she wanted to be able to remain sexually active.

In our discussion of the woman with breast cancer who had done a good amount of research on her own, and then written to Dr. Roach asking his opinion. Dr. Roach dives into the cancer related research and treatment recommendations in his response but does not directly focus on her question about retaining her libido. In our discussion, Dr. Maupin clarifies her understanding of the medical treatment for the breast cancer, and for this type of non -estrogen cancer. Dr. Maupin goes into detail about receptor sites and concerns regarding estrogen sensitive breast cancers. If a woman has this type of cancer can she receive any type of hormone treatment without increasing her risk of cancer?

Dr. Maupin substantially agrees with Dr. Roach and his recommendations regarding the treatment of the woman’s cancer. However, she feels that a more complete answer for the patient regarding her sexuality and her ability to retain her libido requires a balance of hormone treatments involving testosterone  Since she does not know this woman and does not have direct access to her medical records she does not speak specifically to this case, but she does have a lot of experience in dealing with women with breast cancer histories or fears and she brings that experience to our discussion. Please listen for her thoughts on this type of medical issue as we discuss them this week.

This Health cast was written and presented by Dr. Kathy Maupin, M.D., Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Expert and Author, with Brett Newcomb, MA., LPC., Family Counselor, Presenter and Author.

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