How to Be a Man after Prostate Cancer
by Rabbi Ed Weinsberg, EdD, DD
After his prostate surgery, John lost his ability and desire to have sex with his wife, Linda. She was distraught when he literally turned his back on her. She wondered if John was deliberately trying to sabotage their relationship, as well as harming himself, by disregarding the penile rehabilitation his doctor advised.
Coping with the Emotional Side Effects of Treatment
by Joel D. Marcus, PSYD
Prostate cancer continues to be one of the most common types of cancer in American men. Prostate cancer can be diagnosed at any age, but it is generally diagnosed in men over 50. Men of this age group are generally married or have a long-term partner. Consequently, the emotional impact of a prostate cancer diagnosis will affect not only the man, but his partner as well.
What You Should Know About Erectile Dysfunction After Prostate Cancer
Regardless of whether the nerves were spared during surgery or whether the most precise dose planning was used during radiation therapy, nearly all men will experience some erectile dysfunction for the first few months after treatment. However, within one year after treatment, nearly all men with intact nerves will see a substantial improvement.
Managing Urinary Dysfunction
The term urinary dysfunction encompasses both urinary incontinence and irritative voiding symptoms or urinary bother. Obstruction of the bladder by an enlarged prostate is the typical reason for these symptoms; however, after prostate cancer therapy, these symptoms are typically caused by damage to the nerves and muscles that control urinary control.
The Other Side of Coping with Prostate Cancer
by Michael A. Hoyt, PhD
Inevitably, men encounter stressful situations, unpleasant circumstances, and a host of persistent physical and emotional challenges after a prostate cancer diagnosis. Regardless of the type of treatment received, physical changes, sleep problems, pain, and discomfort are just some of the difficulties faced by survivors.
After Prostate Cancer Surgery – Managing Urinary Incontinence
by Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RNC, FAAN
It’s not uncommon for men who undergo surgical treatment for prostate cancer to experience involuntary urine loss (called urinary incontinence) after surgery. Our society places high value on continence, often making people who lose control of their bladder ashamed, embarrassed, and sometimes reluctant to seek help. Despite Thoreau’s famous quote about men who “lead lives of quiet desperation,” there are steps men can take to manage or conceal incontinence and to regain continence.
Life After Prostate Cancer
by Drogo K. Montague, MDProstate cancer is the most common type of cancer found in American men, so it’s no surprise that detection of the disease has become well refined. The advent of PSA screening allows today’s physicians to detect microscopic prostate cancer years earlier than when just a digital rectal exam was performed.
Erectile Dysfunction and Prostate Cancer
by Jeffrey Albaugh, PhD, APRN, CUCNS
Regardless of treatment choice – surgical removal of the prostate, radiation treatment, or hormone ablation – the most common adverse effect of prostate cancer treatment is sexual dysfunction, particularly erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. In addition, men who have undergone prostatectomy do not ejaculate during climax, and some men have reported a shortening of the penis after surgery.