The Premarin will help bring some 'elasticity' to the vaginal canal BUT....scar tissue has already formed and after that happens, Premarin won't work the same as it would have if it had been used DURING and AFTER radiation.
Once the scar tissue forms in the vaginal canal, it is difficult, if not impossible to break/stretch those adhesions, but don't give up. Things may not be what they were beforehand BUT......with a lot of work, they can get a little better.
For ladies reading this.....IF you are just starting chemoradiation PLEASE PLEASE....DO NOT WAIT until after treatment to begin dilation and a treatment with a cream like Premarin. Most rad oncs/oncologists, etc. don't really pay much attention to this issue.....their reason....it's not a part of their treatment and is 'inconsequential'. However, to the female patient, regardless of age.....the adhesions and scar tissue is anything but 'inconsequential'. It's more than just dealing with our sex life.....it's dealing with the pain, with our sexuality, being able to get pelvic exams, etc. DON'T allow the scar tissue/adhesions to form.....DO SOMETHING PROACTIVELY....PLEASE DON'T WAIT.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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