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Tool Treats Cervical Cancer Side Effect

Improves Sexual Dysfunction in Women Treated With Radiation

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Oct. 7, 2002 -- A common side effect of cervical cancer treatment is sexual dysfunction. But a new device can liven up the libido of a woman who has had radiation therapy for cervical cancer.

While radiation is effective in treating cervical cancer, it also can cause sexual side effects. The "Eros Therapy" tool significantly increased sexual desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and satisfaction in the cervical cancer patients who used it.

The vacuum-like device works by increasing blood flow to the genitals. It was tested on 12 cervical cancer patients with sexual dysfunction who had radiation therapy and whose cancer didn't return. The patients used the tool four times a week for three months.

Not only did it significantly improve their sex lives, exams showed the device improved vaginal moisture and decreased vaginal and cervical bleeding and irritation. The patients also reported improved marital and family relationships.

The study was presented at a meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.

Eros Therapy could be used for other patients in the future. "We are currently looking at whether the use of Eros Therapy beginning immediately after completion of radiation treatments can help improve healing and prevent the development of sexual dysfunction," says Maryann Schroder, PhD, of the University of Chicago's radiation oncology department. It will also be tested to treat sexual problems in breast cancer patients, Schroder said in a news release. -->

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