Navigating the Road to Recovery
Recovery from prostate cancer treatment is different for everyone. Once you have selected your treatment option, talk with other prostate cancer survivors who can help you understand what you can expect during your recovery process. Remember to include physician specialists, supportive family members, and friends who can provide various levels of support during your treatment and recovery.
Man, Cancer, Sex
by Anne Katz, RN, PhD
One of the greatest myths in society suggests that all men are sexual machines. The expectation is that men can have sex on demand, at any time, in any place, no matter what his feelings or emotions are. Here’s another myth: Men don’t talk about their feelings and certainly don’t want to talk about sex. Well, the last part may be partially true. It’s not always easy to talk in a meaningful way about sex.
Understanding Medical Studies So You Can Get the Prostate Cancer Treatment That’s Right for You
by Gerald Chodak, MD
As you learn about the options for treating your prostate cancer, you may turn to reviewing medical studies. They will tell you the proportion of men who are alive, have a stable prostate-specific antigen (PSA), or did not develop widespread cancer several years after being treated. Because they are all published in medical journals, you probably will assume that they must be well done and the results must be reliable. Unfortunately, that is far from the truth.
Recovering Sexual Intimacy after Prostate Cancer
by Daniela Wittmann, LMSW
Maintaining intimacy after prostate cancer treatment can be challenging, yet ultimately rewarding. Regardless of the type of treatment, most men experience some degree of erectile dysfunction. Many men worry about not being able to meet their partners’ sexual needs. Their partners may be distressed by the sexual changes, too, and couples are often at a loss about how to recover their sexual relationships.
The Emotional Side Effects of Prostate Cancer
by Joslyn R. Kenowitz, Stephanie Napolitano, and Christian J. Nelson, PhD
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among men. Because of an increase in more effective treatment, the relative five-year survival rate is close to 100 percent when discovered in the local or regional stages. However, although survival rates are high, prostate cancer treatment comes with a variety of emotional and physical side effects.
Working Through Sexual Dysfunction after Prostate Cancer
by Leslie R. Schover, PhD
“Working through” is a good description of a man’s journey with sex after prostate cancer treatment. With patience, a willing partner, and openness to experiment, almost every man can have pleasurable sex. For most men or couples, it takes a few months after surgery, radiation therapy, or hormone therapy to find their new sexual normal.
Treating Incontinence after Prostate Cancer Surgery
by Kevin Chan, MD
Urinary incontinence is a common side effect of prostate cancer surgery. Most men regain their urinary control within one year after surgery while some require two years. However, a small percentage of men have persistent incontinence.
Couples Counseling Helps Improve the Sex Lives of Prostate Cancer Survivors and Their Partners
Both Internet-based counseling programs and face-to-face therapy sessions for couples improve the sex lives of prostate cancer survivors and their partners. That is the finding of a new study published in Cancer, a journal of the American Cancer Society. The results suggest that couples counseling can provide additional benefits to survivors’ sex lives beyond those experienced from medications like erectile dysfunction pills.