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Cancer treatment can have a dramatic effect on a woman’s well-being, but it doesn’t have to rob her of the joys of an intimate relationship.

A special seminar aimed at improving the sex life of women undergoing cancer treatment will be held Thursday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. at UT Health’s Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.

web Cancer and Sexuality eventCancer treatment can cause menopause-like symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and low sex drive in some women. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, coupled with the emotional stress of battling cancer, also can affect desire and sexual function, but there is help available.

“We see these difficulties particularly among breast cancer patients. Unfortunately, a lot of women just put up with it or give up,” said Dr. Terry Gibbs, OB/GYN and director of the UT Health Menopause Clinic. “Women should know there is help available, and it’s important to include sexual health as a part of their survivorship care plan.”

Hormonal and non-hormonal therapies, prescription drugs, herbal therapies, and keeping communication at the forefront of the relationship can prove to be effective in improving sexual health.

“Cancer Treatment and Female Sexuality: Love in the New Normal” will be presented as a part of the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center’s Wellness Information Series. Gibbs is certified through the North American Menopausal Society and is a regional leader in the treatment of menopause and menopausal symptoms.

Space is limited, and reservations are required. Email eleanorndanacancer@utoledo.edu or call 419.383.5243.

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