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    dragin asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Has anyone experience the sticking/softening/thiness of skin of the vaginal area organs as a result of radiation?

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      GRACENOW

      Yes! This has been the worst part for me. My oncology gynecologist said this fairly common with vaginal radiation. He recommended a vaginal dilator.....and some women can use hormone creams (I cannot due to having endometrial cancer.)

      about 4 years ago
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      Hello, I am an oncology/end of life nurse who specializes in gyne cancers. This is a common occurence with radiation. Vaginal dilators like the Cool Water Cones are great, and we recommend them often, Gracenow is correct. The lining of the vaginal vault is a mucosal lining and it is delicate, very delicate, so it is succeptible to a lot of damage from radiation. Check into the cones and consult your oncologist, they should be able to give you a vaginal dilator. We always had them on hand. Best of luck, Carm.

      about 4 years ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Surgery)

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    Decision Point (After 2 months of treatment I was hospitalized immune system was destroyed and the pain was uncontrollable.): I have 5 children and 3 of them offered to care for me. I have a medical background and knew I needed a skilled rehab/nursing home setting. I went into a private room in a beautiful rehab center. Medicare determined it was medically necessary so they paid. I was there 4 months.

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    Side Effects (Vaginal dryness or irritation): hair loss, pain, weight loss, urinary changes, vaginal stensois, vaginal closure, chemo brain, weakness, dry mouth, gum deterioration,

    stool leakage, diarrhea, taste changes.....

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    Radiation (External radiation )