• By Laurel Kelly

Living With Cancer: Treatment and sexual side effects for men

August 30, 2019
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Cancer treatment for men: Possible sexual side effects
Treatment for certain cancers can affect your sexuality, causing a range of signs and symptoms that can make sex with your partner more difficult. But that doesn't mean that you can't have a healthy sex life after cancer treatment. Knowing more about your cancer treatment and how it may affect sexual function can help you find a solution if problems develop.

Radiation therapy for breast cancer
Radiation therapy for breast cancer uses high-energy X-rays, protons or other particles to kill cancer cells. Rapidly growing cells, such as cancer cells, are more susceptible to the effects of radiation therapy than normal cells. Radiation therapy may be used to treat breast cancer at almost every stage and is an effective way to reduce your risk of breast cancer recurring after surgery. In addition, radiation therapy is commonly used to ease the symptoms caused by cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. This is known as metastatic breast cancer. Learn more about radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Embryonal tumors
Embryonal tumors of the central nervous system are cancerous tumors that start in fetal cells in the brain. Embryonal tumors can occur at any age, but they occur most often in babies and young children. Signs and symptoms of embryonal tumors vary depending on the type of tumor; location; severity; and other factors, such as pressure buildup within the brain. Symptoms may include headache, nausea, vomiting, unusual tiredness, dizziness, double vision, unsteady walk or seizures. Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of embryonal tumors.

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