Survivorship support for vaginal cancer
Led by a registered nurse, our Survivorship Support Program is designed to help you maintain your health and improve your quality of life once your vaginal cancer treatment is complete.
After your treatment, we will work with you to assess your health and identify potential late or long-term effects of treatment. Then, you'll receive an individualized wellness plan that includes help with managing medications and side effects, as well as nutritional, physical and emotional education and support.
Addressing fertility and sexual function concerns
Vaginal cancer may affect fertility and sexual function for some women. We will work with you to discuss fertility options from the beginning of treatment. We can refer you to fertility providers and clinics in your hometown, and discuss a variety of fertility procedures.
We’ll also work with you to address your sexual function concerns during and after vaginal cancer treatment. Because the ovaries produce the majority of a woman’s hormones, issues like vaginal dryness, low libido and pain during intercourse may result after treatment. We provide a variety of prescription and non-prescription options to improve sexual function, as well as counseling for intimacy issues.
What is survivorship support?
Studies have shown that a significant percentage of cancer survivors deal with chronic health problems that may be related to their cancer treatment. The most commonly cited problems include chronic pain, fatigue, cognitive impairment and depression. We help our patients and their caregivers plan for those risks.
Survivorship support treatment planning takes into consideration, and plans for, the possibility of three categories of side effects:
- Short-term side effects: Weight loss, sexual dysfunction, etc.
- Long-term side effects: Surgical scar tissue, hot flashes, neuropathy, cognitive and psychosocial issues, body image concerns, etc.
- Late side effects: Secondary tumors, premature aging like osteoporosis and quality-of-life issues