Q. What with all the side effects I had during chemotherapy, I really wasn’t in the mood for sex very often. And now that I’m done with chemo, I’m finding I’m still not in the mood… and even when I am, it’s painful! What’s going on? A. Well, for once those powerful chemo drugs aren’t the primary cause of these new aggravating side effects: loss of sexual desire, and painful intercourse. Instead, the villain is your body’s lack of hormone production, brought on by menopause, brought on by, yes, those chemo drugs. Most pre-menopausal women go into what’s called chemical menopause or instant menopause during chemotherapy. And if you were going through menopause when you started chemo, the drugs will only increase your symptoms. This chemically induced menopause, unlike the long, gradual process most women go through naturally, is intense. The drugs immediately diminish your ovaries’ and adrenal glands’ production of es...
Do you know what breast cancer recurrence is? How about what the most common type of breast cancer? We've added a new page on Types of Breast Cancer , with FAQ sections on: Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) Lobular Carcinoma In Situ (LCIS) Invasive or Infiltrating Ductal Carcinoma (IDC) Invasive or Infiltrating Lobular Carcinoma (ILC) Recurrent Breast Cancer Less Common Breast Cancers: Inflammatory Breast Cancer and Paget's disease
"Has it spread?" Women with breast cancer wait in fear for the answer to this question when they are first diagnosed and for years afterwards. Fortunately, these days with better education and early detection techniques, most women are diagnosed before the cancer has spread.
The medical word for cancer that has spread to a distant organ is metastasis . When a breast cancer cell leaves the breast and goes to another part of the body--usually the bones, lungs, liver, or central nervous system--the disease is called metastatic breast cancer.
Still Breast Cancer
After treatment, cancer can recur in one of three ways. In a local recurrence, the cancer comes back in the breast or near the scar if the woman had a mastectomy. In a regional recurrence, the cancer shows up in the lymph nodes or tissue near the breast. With metastatic disease, the cancer has set up housekeeping in an organ far from its original home in the breast; however, it is st...
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