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Topic: Podcast: Sexual Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

Forum: Sex & Relationship Matters —

A safe place to talk candidly about how your romantic relationships and/or your sex life has changed following your diagnosis and treatment.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2020 02:15PM

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Sexual Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

July 10, 2020

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Dr. Kelly Shanahan is a metastatic patient advocate and METAvivor board member. She had to give up her OB/GYN practice because of side effects from metastatic breast cancer treatment. At the 2019 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Dr. Shanahan was one of the moderators of a panel sponsored by Breastcancer.org and Sermonix Pharmaceuticals on the sexual side effects that breast cancer treatment can cause. As a dual citizen of this discussion — she's both a metastatic patient who has experienced some of these side effects and an OB/GYN who used to treat people for these side effects — she's uniquely qualified to help us all understand the topic and offer solutions.

Listen to the podcast to here Dr. Shanahan explain:

  • her personal journey with breast cancer
  • why anti-estrogen medicines and chemotherapy can cause vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy, and pain during intercourse
  • some of the causes of loss of libido
  • solutions to some of the most common sexual side effects, including vaginal dryness and thinning, pain, lack of desire, and hot flashes

Running time: 37:20

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