Ask your doctor if he or she is experienced in caring for older adults with cancer and if you would benefit from a geriatric assessment.
by Hyman B. Muss, MD
“I didn’t know older people got cancer.” I hear this frequently from newly diagnosed older adults, who are often surprised to find out that the risk of getting cancer rises dramatically with age. But the fact of the matter is that, thanks to improvements in healthcare, people are living longer, resulting in an increasingly larger population of older Americans and, subsequently, an ever-growing number of older adult cancer survivors.
by Ruth Oratz, MD, FACP
Amid the initial shock of hearing the words “You have cancer,” innumerable questions enter your mind: What does this mean for me? How will this affect my partner, my children, my parents, my friends? What about my job? You begin to realize that cancer will have a profound effect not only on your life but also on the lives of those around you.
by Nelson Bennett, MD
Sexual dysfunction is common in male cancer survivors. The range of sexual issues cancer and its treatment can cause includes erectile dysfunction, decreased libido (sexual desire), and changes in the way a man experiences ejaculation and orgasms. It’s important to discuss with your doctor the potential side effects associated with your treatment so you’ll be better prepared to manage any sexual issues that arise.
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