Survivorship Medicine: Pre-Operative and Post-Operative
Medicine has advanced so much in the last 50 years that people are living longer with chronic diseases. Many of these chronic diseases play a critical role in sexual function. In 1970, there were appox. 3 million cancer survivors in the United States. By the year 2000, there were 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States.
The term, “5-year survival rate” is obsolete for many cancers now. As a result of medical breakthroughs throughout the world, people can live with cancer like a chronic disease. Many breast cancers and prostate cancers are considered chronic diseases. The patient learns to live with these diseases just like living with heart disease or diabetes. Discussing these changes and what to expect in the future is important to many patients. We want this part of your life to be as wonderful as possible.
We understand how important your lifestyle is to you and your happiness and we do everything… to get you back to where you were. Dr. Pam lets patients know that one of the most important drivers of general good health and well-being includes sexual vitality.
Some of the most common survivorship counseling includes:
Pre-operative counseling and options for gynecologic cancers, breast cancer, urologic cancers and prostate cancer
Counseling and management of side-effects for gynecologic cancers, breast cancer, urologic cancers and prostate cancer
Management of tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitor side-effects
Cancer and libido
Intimacy after chronic disease or cancer
Coping with your partner’s chronic disease or cancer
Coping with changing roles as a caregiver
Counseling for the cancer patient