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Sexual side effects of cancer treatment common, often overlooked by doctors

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Reuters Health - 03/11/2020 - Sexual side effects following treatment for cancer are very common and often overlooked in cancer survivorship care, according to a large survey. "Nearly 9 in 10 patients reported some change after cancer treatment that negatively affected their sexual health," Dr. James Taylor of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, said during an October 27 press briefing at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) virtual annual meeting. "This is not just patients treated with radiation but this includes chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, surgery, and other treatment modalities," he noted. Importantly, said Dr. Taylor, most cancer survivors with sexual dysfunction said their doctor didn't ask about sexual health. Dr. Taylor and colleagues had 405 adults complete an anonymous survey about their experiences with sexual problems after cancer treatment. Most were women (81%) and the most c...


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