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    abrub asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Treatment of men versus women

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      Findley

      I had colorectal cancer 26 years ago. I had 30 pelvic radiation treatments along with continuous infusion chemo. None of my doctors (radiologist, oncologist, surgeon, gynecologist) informed me about any damage to my vagina or sexual function. I was only told that I would probably not be able to have children. Unfortunately the radiation severely damaged my pelvic area and made it very difficult to have sex. When my gynecologist finally suggested dilators it was really too late. The damage was done. It's to a point where my gynecologist (new one) has a very difficult time doing a pap smear and a pelvic exam. She does it as quickly as possible because of how painful it is.

      I hope doctors have learned over the past 26 years and are more upfront with their patients about the long term effects of treatments; not just focus on the side effects during treatment.

      Prayers are with you.

      25 days ago
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      lh25

      Sounds like I was lucky. My Drs did tell me about possible side effects to my sexuality, and started me on dilators once treatment was done.

      25 days ago
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      I was told that "maybe" this would happen, but no advice given on what to do to avoid it, or what to do if it did happen. But, so far so good, my radiation was in the abdomen and probably high enough to not harm that area.

      25 days ago
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    abrub asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Transportation help

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      If someone asks, we usually recommend doctors from the following list of NIH-associated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. They are cutting edge and do NIH research on cancer. Here's a link to a list by state with phone numbers. There are many in New York and the surrounding states.

      https://www.cancer.gov/research/nci-role/cancer-centers/find

      26 days ago
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      abrub

      She was at Hillman, UPMC. Best in the world for HIPEC

      26 days ago
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      alivenwell

      Can somebody at UBER do this? Sorry, it seemed expensive but a possibility.

      25 days ago