Worse Hot Flashes
From the North American Menopause Society (bet you didn't know there is such an organization) comes this first study to indicate that cancer survivors have more frequent and intense hot flashes than other women. Before you smack your head and say "Duh!", this study included women whose treatment had been years earlier. The hot flashes persisted.
And here is the good news: the cancer survivors, in spite of their physical symptoms, reported fewer psychological issues and generally experienced a good quality of life. That does not surprise most of us as we have surely learned to tolerate a range of physical ailments, to have a perspective of what is real trouble, and to focus on the positives in our lives.
Here is the start of the article and then a link to read more:
Cancer Survivors Have More Frequent and Severe Menopausal Hot Flashes
But they fare better than other women psychologically and socially
CLEVELAND, Ohio (July 16, 2013)—Women who survive cancer have more frequent, severe, and troubling hot flashes than other women with menopausal symptoms, according to a study published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS). But surprisingly, the cancer survivors fare better psychologically and report a better quality of life than the women without cancer and have about the same levels of sexual activity and function.
This is the first large-scale, clinic-based study to compare these groups of women using standard, validated questionnaires. It included 934 cancer survivors (about 90% survived breast cancer) and 155 participants without cancer who were patients at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Western Australia. The questionnaires, including the Green Climacteric Scale and Fallowfield’s Sexual Activity Questionnaire, assessed hot flashes and other menopause-related symptoms and sexual function.