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Women who have survived breast cancer create a unique patient population in which there is a high occurrence of menopausal symptoms that need to be treated differently. Out of the 240,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States each year, most have a five-year survival rate of greater than 90%, but are left with some undesirable menopausal symptoms. Due to this, the consequences of menopause have become more significant and challenging to manage in these patients. An estimated half of all women who survive breast cancer develop problems such as vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, or lower urinary tract infection because of atrophic changes in the vagina and the vulva. Generally, systemic or topical estrogen replacement therapy can be effective in women experiencing these symptoms of menopause. However, this treatment is not suggested for breast cancer survivors since the estrogen or hormones have the potential to contribute to a recurrence of breast cancer.
Thankfully, now there is another treatment option! MonaLisa Touch laser therapy is the perfect option for patients who have survived breast cancer. The initial studies have shown that these laser treatments have excellent outcomes in restoring vaginal health in women who have had breast cancer. The recommended treatment is three sessions spaced over twelve weeks, with the actual treatment lasting less than five minutes, with no anesthesia or downtime required. This in-office procedure offers long-lasting relief and restored vaginal function to those dealing with menopausal symptoms. This laser therapy treatment is estrogen and hormone free, making it a natural and safe alternative for women who have overcome breast cancer.