June 6 is National Cancer Survivors Day
Managing Long-term Side Effects of Cancer Treatments
(May 28, 2021 – Scottsdale, Ariz.) National Cancer Survivors Day, observed annually on the first Sunday in June, is a celebration of life held across the U.S. The goal of this special day is to recognize those who have survived cancer and provide support for those recently diagnosed. It’s also the opportunity to raise awareness about the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face, even after they have been declared cancer-free.
“When you are diagnosed with any kind of cancer, your first instinct is to survive,” said Dr. Burt Webb, a Scottsdale-based gynecologist specializing in women’s health and intimate wellness. “But many patients deal with the after-effects of cancer and cancer treatments for months – if not years – after treatment has been completed. From intimate wellness issues and pain, to hair loss, exhaustion, and brain fog, not feeling “normal” is actually common, but there are solutions available for these cancer warriors to regain their lives.”
Some cancer treatments, especially breast, uterine, cervical, and prostate cancers, remove estrogen and testosterone from the body to keep tumors from growing. Patients enduring these treatments may experience a decreased sex drive, sudden menopause or vaginal dryness, weight gain, depression, and loss of hair. The most common sexual change for cancer patients though is an overall loss of desire. For men, erection problems are a common issue and for women, vaginal dryness and pain with sexual activity are frequent.
For Dr. Webb’s patients, following a special diet and exercise program is where the healing begins. Additionally, it is vital that patients find a physician who is an expert in this field and that the patient is honest with any issues they are encountering – even if the conversation is uncomfortable.
Today there are advanced out-patient procedures that can be done to lessen the effects of cancer, as well as scientific studies to help patients dealing with the unwanted after effects of cancer treatment. Each pathway should be discussed with the patient’s oncologist to make sure the whole team is comfortable with the course of action.
“One of the most important things for cancer patients to remember is that side effects of treatment are manageable with the right treatment options. This is not the end of the road, it may actually be the beginning of a new journey,” added Dr. Webb. “There are so many options nowadays to help cancer patients regain their lives and their sexuality, patients just need to know where to turn for help.”
Dr. Webb is one of Arizona’s most recognized doctors in women’s health and intimate wellness including hormone replacement and incontinence. He is passionate about helping women of all ages with painful and heavy periods as well as pelvic problems like endometriosis, ovarian cysts and difficulty becoming pregnant. He is also an expert in the area of bioidentical hormones, with more than 30 years of experience, and cosmetic gynecology, helping the vagina and labia look and function better.
For more information about Dr. Webb, or to schedule an appointment, contact him at Vitality MDs, 8415 N. Pima Rd., Suite 210, Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (480) 210-9611 or Inside Out Aesthetics, 10900 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 608, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 at (480) 307-9901.