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Sex and Intimacy

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Being diagnosed with breast cancer and having treatment will almost certainly affect how you feel about sex and intimacy.

You may not feel like having sex or being intimate at a time when you’re dealing with breast cancer, or you may find that sex helps you feel more normal during an uncertain time.

How breast cancer affects you sexually will be unique to you.

Sex and the effects of treatment

Treatments for breast cancer can have physical and emotional effects that can affect sex and sexual desire.

For example,

BREAST CANCER IN MEN

Breast cancer in men is rare.

Around 2100 men are diagnosed each year  (compared to nearly 60,000 women). Most men who get breast cancer are over 60, although younger men can be affected.

Symptoms

Symptoms of breast cancer in men include:

  • a lump, often painless. This is the most common symptom. It’s usually near the center, close to the nipple, because most of the breast tissue in men is beneath the nipple. But lumps can also occur away from the nipple
  • nipple discharge, often blood-stained
  • a tender or drawn in (inverted) nipple
  • ulceration or swelling of the chest area.

Coping after Breast Cancer Surgery

The healing process

It can take some time to adjust to a new body shape after breast surgery. After your operation the swelling will go down, bruising will fade, and scars gradually become less obvious. The scars can continue to fade for a year or more.

Most women gradually become used to their new shape, whether they’ve had conservative surgery or a mastectomy, or a reconstruction after mastectomy. You will get more used to your false breast shape (prosthesis) if you wear one, and less worried that it will fall out or that other people will notice it.

The 4 Stages of breast cancer

What the number staging system is

There are 4 number stages of breast cancer. Staging takes into account various factors, including

  • The size of the tumor (tumor means either a breast lump or the area of cancer cells found on a scan or mammogram)
  • Whether cancer cells have spread into the nearby lymph glands (lymph nodes)
  • Whether the tumor has spread to any other part of the body metastasized)

The tests and scans you have when diagnosing your cancer give some information about the stage.

Questions And Answers On BREAST CANCER

How many stages of breast cancer are there?
There are 4 number stages of breast cancer. Staging takes into account various factors, including.
The size of the tumour (tumour means either a breast lump or the area of cancer cells found on a scan or mammogram)
Whether cancer cells have spread into the nearby lymph glands (lymph nodes)
Is breast cancer deadly?
“Breast cancer is not fatal in and of itself,” said Zuckerman.