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Jul
27
2011
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GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER: PHYSICAL CHANGES AND SEXUAL RELATIONS

GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER: PHYSICAL CHANGES AND SEXUAL RELATIONS
Adjustment to surgical scars takes time. Because the surgery often requires extensive removal of major organs, the scar can be long and invasive. Depending on how quickly you heal, the redness and swelling can take some time to reduce. Women with surgical scars often feel a need to hide their body in intimate settings for fear that their partner will be ‘turned off. Many start wanting to have sex in the dark or be covered prior to sex. They fear that their nakedness will expose the scarring and reduce their partner’s impression of them as sexual. It takes a very sensitive and understanding partner to help the woman acknowledge her feelings and sense of ‘loss’ and to accept the scar as irrelevant to their femininity and sexuality. Think of the scar as your life saving device. Show your partner the scar straightaway in hospital. Applying creams or other oils to the scar on a daily basis can feel like a positive step to healing. Discuss the best approach with your nurse. The alternative (a cancer-ridden body and no scar) is not a welcome outcome. If love and intimacy was based purely on body shape and image there would be millions of ‘loveless’ people in the world – both men and women!!
Women with vulva cancer often have the greatest readjustment to make because of the radical extent of the surgery and radiation therapy. Because surgery requires the removal of the external genitals that provide much of the stimulation during sexual intercourse, traditional and former ways of sexual expression are often no longer possible. The vulva is the visible outward sign of female sexuality as the penis is for men. Many women with vulva cancer experience acute pain, inability to have satisfactory penetrating sex, inability to orgasm due to psychological trauma, lack of feeling in the genital area and lymphoedoema in the groin, and in some cases radiation burns on the upper thighs. For some women, especially those in heterosexual relationships the fact that their external genitalia have been removed creates an intense and obsessive desire for its return, and a profound sense of loss of a balanced sexual life. In cases of radical vulvectomy, the external appearance is radically altered with some women describing it as ‘gaping holes’ … in fact this is the removal of the exterior padding of the genitalia. These feelings are quite normal, but often slow down the process of acceptance that the surgery was necessary to preserve their life and realization that a satisfying (but different) sex life can still be achieved – including the ability to still experience orgasm. It is the one gynecological cancer where professional sexual counseling, contact with vulva cancer survivors and extreme sensitivity and understanding on the partner’s part are essential.
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Adjustment to surgical scars takes time. Because the surgery often requires extensive removal of major organs, the scar can be long and invasive. Depending on how quickly you heal, the redness and swelling can take some time to reduce. Women with surgical scars often feel a need to hide their body in intimate settings for fear that their partner will be ‘turned off. Many start wanting to have sex in the dark or be covered prior to sex. They fear that their nakedness will expose the scarring and reduce their partner’s impression of them as sexual. It takes a very sensitive and understanding partner to help the woman acknowledge her feelings and sense of ‘loss’ and to accept the scar as irrelevant to their femininity and sexuality. Think of the scar as your life saving device. Show your partner the scar straightaway in hospital. Applying creams or other oils to the scar on a daily basis can feel like a positive step to healing. Discuss the best approach with your nurse. The alternative (a cancer-ridden body and no scar) is not a welcome outcome. If love and intimacy was based purely on body shape and image there would be millions of ‘loveless’ people in the world – both men and women!!
Women with vulva cancer often have the greatest readjustment to make because of the radical extent of the surgery and radiation therapy. Because surgery requires the removal of the external genitals that provide much of the stimulation during sexual intercourse, traditional and former ways of sexual expression are often no longer possible. The vulva is the visible outward sign of female sexuality as the penis is for men. Many women with vulva cancer experience acute pain, inability to have satisfactory penetrating sex, inability to orgasm due to psychological trauma, lack of feeling in the genital area and lymphoedoema in the groin, and in some cases radiation burns on the upper thighs. For some women, especially those in heterosexual relationships the fact that their external genitalia have been removed creates an intense and obsessive desire for its return, and a profound sense of loss of a balanced sexual life. In cases of radical vulvectomy, the external appearance is radically altered with some women describing it as ‘gaping holes’ … in fact this is the removal of the exterior padding of the genitalia. These feelings are quite normal, but often slow down the process of acceptance that the surgery was necessary to preserve their life and realization that a satisfying (but different) sex life can still be achieved – including the ability to still experience orgasm. It is the one gynecological cancer where professional sexual counseling, contact with vulva cancer survivors and extreme sensitivity and understanding on the partner’s part are essential.
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May
27
2011
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CANCER AND NUTRITION: ZINC

CANCER AND NUTRITION: ZINC
Zinc is a metal that is essential for good growth and development, protein synthesis, and wound healing, and it is a functional part of many enzymes. Danbolt and Closs have shown that zinc deficiency produces the symptoms and problems of an inherited disease called acrodermatitis enteropathica, which consists of multiple skin and gastrointestinal problems. This disease is completely cured by dietary zinc supplementation.
More importantly, zinc is intimately involved in immune function and the development of cancer. This subject has been extensively reviewed by Robert A. Good and colleagues. Zinc has the following effects:
Zinc deficiency decreases the number of T cells and suppressor T cells, which could potentially lead to the development of cancer. However, phagocytes are more efficient with low blood levels of zinc.
Zinc deficiency is seen in patients with several different types of cancers, but this is related to poor dietary habits rather than to the cancer itself.
Zinc excess and zinc deficiency have both been shown to inhibit tumor growth in animals. Whereas zinc deficiency stimulates anticancer inflammatory cells, zinc-supplemented animals have augmented T-cell anticancer activity.
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Zinc is a metal that is essential for good growth and development, protein synthesis, and wound healing, and it is a functional part of many enzymes. Danbolt and Closs have shown that zinc deficiency produces the symptoms and problems of an inherited disease called acrodermatitis enteropathica, which consists of multiple skin and gastrointestinal problems. This disease is completely cured by dietary zinc supplementation.
More importantly, zinc is intimately involved in immune function and the development of cancer. This subject has been extensively reviewed by Robert A. Good and colleagues. Zinc has the following effects:
Zinc deficiency decreases the number of T cells and suppressor T cells, which could potentially lead to the development of cancer. However, phagocytes are more efficient with low blood levels of zinc.
Zinc deficiency is seen in patients with several different types of cancers, but this is related to poor dietary habits rather than to the cancer itself.
Zinc excess and zinc deficiency have both been shown to inhibit tumor growth in animals. Whereas zinc deficiency stimulates anticancer inflammatory cells, zinc-supplemented animals have augmented T-cell anticancer activity.
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Jan
23
2011
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OTHER CAUSES OF LUNG CANCER: ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION

OTHER CAUSES OF LUNG CANCER: ATMOSPHERIC POLLUTION
Ideas about the cause of lung cancer have been so dominated by recognition of the effect of smoking for the last forty years that it is sometimes easy to forget that there may be other important causal factors and that lung cancer still occurs in non-smokers. The effect of smoking is so strong that it can be quite difficult to unravel other causes, because the presence of a few smokers in any group will so alter the statistics. However, there are undoubtedly other factors at work in the development of lung cancer and many of them can now be judged.
Passive smoking and the effects of asbestos and industrial hazards can act through atmospheric pollution to cause lung cancer. General atmospheric pollution by coal smoke was probably not a very important cause of lung cancer, although it may have contributed to some lung cancers in smokers.
Radon gas is radioactive and is present in some rocks. Certain geological conditions allow it to be released from the soil and, in some parts of the world, it appears to accumulate with its radioactive products in houses. In the United Kingdom this is most apparent in Devon and Cornwall and in parts of Derbyshire where the concentration of radon gas in houses may be much higher than in the country in general. However, lung cancer is not especially common in Cornwall and the whole question of a relationship between radon and lung cancer is now the subject of careful examination. Studies from Scandinavia and the United Scares do suggest that there may be a link between background radon concentrations and lung cancer, and if this is confirmed in Britain, some houses may well nerd specialized ventilation.
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Ideas about the cause of lung cancer have been so dominated by recognition of the effect of smoking for the last forty years that it is sometimes easy to forget that there may be other important causal factors and that lung cancer still occurs in non-smokers. The effect of smoking is so strong that it can be quite difficult to unravel other causes, because the presence of a few smokers in any group will so alter the statistics. However, there are undoubtedly other factors at work in the development of lung cancer and many of them can now be judged.

Passive smoking and the effects of asbestos and industrial hazards can act through atmospheric pollution to cause lung cancer. General atmospheric pollution by coal smoke was probably not a very important cause of lung cancer, although it may have contributed to some lung cancers in smokers.

Radon gas is radioactive and is present in some rocks. Certain geological conditions allow it to be released from the soil and, in some parts of the world, it appears to accumulate with its radioactive products in houses. In the United Kingdom this is most apparent in Devon and Cornwall and in parts of Derbyshire where the concentration of radon gas in houses may be much higher than in the country in general. However, lung cancer is not especially common in Cornwall and the whole question of a relationship between radon and lung cancer is now the subject of careful examination. Studies from Scandinavia and the United Scares do suggest that there may be a link between background radon concentrations and lung cancer, and if this is confirmed in Britain, some houses may well nerd specialized ventilation.

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