Advances in Prostate Cancer Research, Treatment and Prevention
The National Cancer Institute has published Prostate Cancer Advances In Focus, a fact sheet collection designed to highlight the remarkable progress made in prostate cancer research, treatment, supportive care, survivorship, screening, prevention, and genetics since the National Cancer Act was signed into law in 1971. The fact sheet shows the progress made during the past 3 ½ decades against prostate cancer. The ultimate goal of reducing the burden of cancer in this nation and worldwide can only be accomplished through a strong commitment to further research.
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.
Caring for Your Bones When You Have Prostate Cancer
by Susan F. Slovin, MD, PhD
As we age, we are constantly reminded that we will be experiencing a variety of aches and pains consistent with aging and osteoarthritis. Men with prostate cancer face an additional challenge – keeping bones that may have been weakened by age and inactivity, as well as the cancer itself, healthy.
What You Should Know about Erectile Dysfunction After Prostate Cancer
by Ronney Abaza, MD
According to the American Cancer Society, almost 200,000 men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. Fortunately, while prostate cancer is very common, most men diagnosed with prostate cancer do not die of the disease. In fact, despite the reality that some prostate cancers can be very aggressive, the overall relative 10-year survival rate for prostate cancer is above 90 percent.
After Treatment for Prostate Cancer
Some men who receive treatment for prostate cancer have side effects caused by treatment. These side effects may include incontinence (the inability to control urination), bowel problems, impotence (the inability to get an erection), infertility (the inability to father a child), hormonal changes, and side effects of chemotherapy, such as fatigue. Men receiving treatment for prostate cancer may have one or more of these side effects. However, not every man has every side effect; some men have few or none.