Does radiation affect sexuality?

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Question from Corgi Lab: Does radiation therapy have any effects on sexuality, like chemo does?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Radiation therapy directed to the breast does cause some breast changes like breast swelling and redness of the skin. It has no effect on your hormone levels. However, if your breast is irritated, or uncomfortable, you probably don't want it touched, and this can have at least a temporary effect on your sex life.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Intimacy and Sexuality featured Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D., and Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about how breast cancer diagnosis and treatment affect your sex life.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2001.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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