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This week, let's talk about a specialty clinic that offers support and consultation focused on specific concerns that many female cancer survivors may be experiencing.
At times, it can be difficult to find specialists trained to work specifically with side effects such as hot flashes, low libido and other sexual concerns.
Today, I'd like to introduce you to the Women's Health Clinic and the unique services they provide. We'll continue the discussion in the weeks to come with focused topics in this area bringing Mayo Clinic's specialists knowledge to you.
The multidisciplinary Women's Health Clinic team includes specialists from internal medicine, endocrinology, gynecology, psychology, dermatology and physical therapy, partnering to provide collaborative, innovative, evidence-based care for women.
The Women's Health Clinic offers consultation for questions or concerns about the following:
A provider with expertise in women's health can meet with you to review your concerns and develop a plan for evaluation and treatment that may include:
The Women's Health Clinic care team is committed to listening to your concerns, understanding your unique needs and working with you to develop an individualized treatment plan.
To schedule an appointment in the Women's Health Clinic, contact our appointment staff in Minnesota at 507-266-9234 or Arizona at 480-614-6001.
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Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
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I'm 51 and shy two weeks of a full year of no periods, until yesterday. Does this mean I will be starting over recording the full year mark that makes it safe I won't get pregnant? I was happily looking forward to the end of periods forever since this past year I have had less night sweats and migraines probably due to less fluctuation in hormonal changes. Any reason to be tested for fertility when since I'm mostly concerned about getting pregnant with unprotected intercourse?
Cover insurance more I'm in a panic to find out if the referrals from my main carrier will cover the specialized care with Stanford. So far, two 2nd opinions have been covered for the surgical and radiation oncologists and an MRI. Tomorrow is the mammogram and I have been trying to schedule that for over a month. I'm scared to death that it, a pre op surgical consult and anesthology appt. won't be. It seems so crazy that I don't know for sure if the surgery scheduled for 11/5 and the IMRT can be done there. It is absolutely ridiculous.
How do I find out? I've called the insurance but they can't do anything until they get the referrals. The first surgeon tried to write a referral, but I go tomorrow and have no authorization today.
On top of the cancer, this is the last thing I want to stress over!
Marie, I hope you are doing well after your surgeries. Many times, the fluctuations in hormones after a hysterectomy can cause weight changes. If you have a sudden weight gain or loss, it's good to inform your doctor. Also, we hope to cover topics such as the ones you have mentioned (sexual health after cancer surgeries) in future blog posts. Look for additional topics soon. I also recommend that if you can request an appointment with a women's health specialist who can focus on your sexual health concerns as you recover, this would be ideal.
Roberta, It's true that vaginal cancer is quite rare. Also, having a history of HPV can put a person at increased risk. Here is a link to the Mayo Clinic summary on Vaginal Cancer - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vaginal-cancer/basics/definition/con-20043465
If you continue to have infections and discomfort, please reach out to your Gynecologist and let them know you are having symptoms. It's important to keep a watch over any new symptoms you may be experiencing.
I had a radical hysterectomy in June 2014. I am 53 years old. I have now post menapausal. I will have a partial vagilnalctomy next week. Please open up discussion about sex after these surgeries .....I had a healthy sex life before and hope to again. Also, please talk about the sudden weight gain. I have gained 7 pounds in a month and I am not eating that much.
how rare is vaginal cancer, I had a hysterectomy 15 yrs ago? I keep having infections and discomfort and I have HPR virus.
I feel incredibly lonely in this walk with cancer. I have stage 4 breast cancer in my pelvic and hip bones. The emotional side of being a survivor is often neglected. Sadness and depression are a problem. Please address the too thank you.
I had a double mastectomy on June 9th I was blessed I had one cancer in left breast and two in the right. they were stage one and two.
I only take Anastrozole 1 mg Generic for Arimidex. so far I have no side effects and hve only been taking this since 7/9/14 how long before I have side effecs? I feel sort of lost as I do not know how I should feel. I feel great, sleep well, do not really want to eat. what and when should I start having any problems?
I am very interested in this topic as a 53 yr old bladder cancer survivor of 14 years with an Indiana Pouch and one yr ago had an neurostimulator implant for the overactive Indiana Pouch by Sloan Kettering in NYC, a hysterectomy 21 years ago and on HRT, 3 years struggling with Shingle outbreaks and on daily maintenance dose of Valacyclovir and Amitriptyline for neuropathy shingle pain, and meds for lowering LDL/Triglycerides, high blood pressure, and controlling COPD. Despite this I live an active life as an Innkeeper of a B&B, building a retirement home with my husband of 34 years, and enjoying life with family.
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