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Some of the cancer treatment can cause ovarian failure and cause the beginning of menopause.
There is no way predict how menopause will affect each woman. It is difficult to tell if the symptoms a woman is experiencing are "normal" menopausal symptoms or if they are made worse by the cancer and / or its treatment.
For some women treated for cancer, the symptoms of menopause can be temporary or permanent.
This will depend on the age of the woman, the type, the dose and the time that the treatment is used to fight the cancer. Sometimes the periods will stop immediately and the symptoms of menopause will start immediately or take a while to appear.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, so much of the research on cancer and menopause is related to breast cancer.
So it seems that:
Managing menopause in women with cancer involves:
Many women with cancer cannot use hormone replacement therapy, so some alternative treatments can sometimes be safe and effective for menopausal symptoms.
Since many times there is not enough research on alternative therapies, and to avoid possible side effects and interactions with some medications, it is always necessary to consult with the doctor.
Relaxation skills training can help you deal with stress and the severity of menopausal symptoms.
Women who cannot use hormone-based treatments for menopausal symptoms are sometimes prescribed a group of antidepressants called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs / SNRIs) that appear to be effective in reducing blood pressure. hot flushes.
They must always be prescribed by a doctor.