The link between ED and prostate cancer treatment

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a potential complication after prostate cancer treatment. Sexual dysfunction after radical prostatectomy affects 25-75% of men1.

A SEX LIFE AFTER PROSTATE CANCER

NERVE-SPARING RECOVERY

The nerves that control an erection lie very close to the prostate, and may be injured during prostate cancer treatment. Prostate cancer treatments can affect your ability to get an erection on a temporary or permanent basis. If normal sexual function does not return, treatment options are available.

WHICH COMES FIRST

The return to normal sexual function after prostate cancer treatment depends on your sex life before surgery, a supportive partner, the stage of your cancer, and the surgery itself. Many men begin to see a return to normal erections within 3 to 6 months of prostate cancer treatment2. Other men find that their erections do not return. Should ED persist, there are treatment options for every man. Why wait, if you feel you are not seeing a return of your erections 6 months after your cancer treatment, talk to your urologist for what options might be suitable for you.

WHY WAIT? TAKE CONTROL

Your ED treatment may actually start before surgery with oral medications. A penis pump may be added after surgery to help increase blood flow to your penis during recovery. If ED persists, the penile implant may be an option. The implant is concealed inside the body. It offers support for an erection whenever and wherever desired.
Many patients find support from patient associations helpful during recovery after prostate cancer treatment. They may even have a chapter in your area.
  Prostate Cancer UK:   http://www.prostatecanceruk.org
  Movember Foundation:   http://www.movember.com
 

DID YOU KNOW?

Sexual dysfunction after radical prostatectomy affects 25-75% of men1.
ED and Prostate Cancer Surgery Video

ED and Prostate Cancer Surgery

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

For men facing prostate cancer, the first worry is about dying. The second worry is whether the treatment will kill their sex life.

  • Even with nerve-sparing robotic surgery, erectile dysfunction may persist a year or more after surgery3
  • Penile implants have helped men return to an active, satisfying sex life after prostate cancer

RECOVERY TAKES TIME

What does recovery mean to you? Some men define it as a return to confident sex4. It is common for men to start with oral medications before or after surgery. However, Viagra™, was effective in ONLY 30-60% of men after radical prostatectomy1. Other treatment options include penile implants, vacuum devices, topical cream, injections and urethral pellets. Some treatments may be more effective than others for you. For men with long-term ED, penile rehabilitation may help3.

 

ACHIEVING A SATISFYING SEX LIFE

Finding a satisfying solution to ED can be a life-changing event for many men and their partners. In one study of 200 patients and 120 partners, both men and their partners found the penile implant to be satisfying. 92% of patients and 96% of their partners reported sexual activity to be excellent or satisfactory5. Talk to your doctor about your treatment options.

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