Hormone therapy can be used to ease the many symptoms of menopause, including night sweats, hot flashes, and mood swings. New research indicates that hormone therapy, specifically estrogen, can also be used towards joint pain.
When a woman goes through menopause before age 40, it’s considered early menopause. When this occurs naturally, due to genetics or chromosome defects, it is known as primary ovarian insufficiency and happens to about 1 in 100 women. Early menopause may also result from medical treatments, like chemotherapy or radiation. Researchers from the United States and Japan have recently reported on a new technique in which the ovaries of women who went through early menopause were successfully “reawakened.”
Here at the Oncofertility Consortium, we’re huge fans – both personally and professionally – of Matthew Zachary, the force behind Stupid Cancer; the nation’s largest support community of young adult survivors of cancer. Created in 2004 (first as Steps for Living, then transitioning into I’m Too Young For This!
Because of the increased risk for serious illness and complications from influenza, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that all women who are pregnant or who might be pregnant in the upcoming influenza season receive the IIV vaccine. This vaccination can be administered at any time during pregnancy, before and during the influenza season.3
As I’m sure you already know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The nation is awash in the color pink and adorned with pink ribbons. Everywhere we turn we see information about breast cancer signs and symptoms, early detection, and treatment options. This alone is reason to celebrate. Breast cancer is no longer something that is whispered about in secrecy but rather discussed in the open with friends and strangers alike.
A recent article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology recommends to oncologists that all patients with invasive breast cancer, including recurrent disease, should be tested for HER 2 status and these tests should adhere to specific criteria to define positive, equivocal, and negative results.
It’s often said that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has a woman’s face. The proportion of women infected with HIV has been on the rise for a decade; in sub-Saharan Africa, women constitute 60 percent of people living with the disease. While preventative drugs exist, they have often proven ineffective, especially in light of financial and cultural barriers in developing nations.
Imagine that you are diagnosed with cancer at 24. On top of processing the enormity of your diagnosis at such a young age, you’re shuttled from one appointment to the next, coordinating your treatment plan in the quickest timeframe possible. Today, treatment discussions are more frequently including information regarding fertility preservation measures which gives hope to many patients about to start their arduous cancer treatment.