Chemotherapy and sex: Is sexual activity OK during treatment?
Many factors can influence decisions about chemotherapy and sex. What type of cancer do you have and what type of chemotherapy are you receiving? Could you become pregnant? Are you feeling well enough? Here are some things to consider from Dr. Timothy Moynihan, an emeritus Mayo Clinic medical oncologist.
Biological therapy for cancer
Biological therapy for cancer uses the body’s immune system to kill cancer cells, slow tumor growth and prevent the spread of cancer. It often causes fewer toxic side effects than other cancer treatments. Biological therapy for cancer is an active area of cancer research, and many types of biological therapy are available only in clinical trials. Learn more about the different biological therapies and how they work.
Treating Paget’s disease of the breast
Paget’s disease of the breast is a rare form of breast cancer. It occurs most often in women older than 50 and isn’t related to Paget’s disease of the bone, a metabolic bone disease. Paget’s disease of the breast affects your nipple and usually the skin surrounding it — the areola. Signs and symptoms of Paget’s disease of the breast can be mistaken for dermatitis or another noncancerous skin condition. Treatment likely will involve surgery, and potentially chemotherapy, radiation therapy or hormone therapy, as well. Learn more about this rare form of breast cancer and the treatment options your health care provider may recommend.