Emotional Pain of Prostate Cancer Partly Linked to Erectile Dysfunction
Nearly two-thirds of prostate cancer patients responding to a recent survey reported dissatisfaction with their sex lives.
Just over half of these respondents reported they were suffering from some form of sexual dysfunction, and about a quarter of all respondents said they had erectile dysfunction.
At first glance, the survey’s results paint a fairly grim outlook for men facing prostate cancer treatment. However, the prospects for a patient’s sex life after treatment vary significantly depending on his personal medical history, the extent of his cancer, and the type of treatment he undergoes, according to an article posted at RenalandUrologyNews.com.
Advances in surgical techniques have enabled urological surgeons to minimize the damage that surgery can cause to delicate nerves that control both urinary and sexual function.
Post-Treatment Dysfunction Common
No matter how sophisticated the surgery may be, prostate cancer patients are likely to experience some post-surgical symptoms of sexual dysfunction. However, as the nerves and delicate tissues affected by the surgery heal, many men report that sexual function gradually returns to something close to what it was before treatment.
For men whose surgery causes significant damage to sexual function — especially erectile function — and for those who are still recovering from the trauma of surgery or radiation therapy, the oral ED drugs are known as PDE5 inhibitors can help.
Other options include penile injection therapy and vacuum pumps to create erections on demand.
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