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.
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A Team Approach to Prostate Cancer
by Alan M. Nieder, MD
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin-related cancer in American men. In 2009, over 200,000 men are estimated to be diagnosed with the disease. While prostate cancer can be an aggressive cancer, currently most men are diagnosed at an early and curable stage.
Treating Prostate Cancer
Most men have time to learn about all the options for treating their prostate cancer. You have time to talk with your family and to discuss your options with your doctor or nurse. This guide can help you think about what is best for you – now and in the future.
Treating Prostate Cancer
All prostate cancer treatments can cause side effects. The most common side effects are sexual, urinary, and bowel problems.
Treatment options include:
- Prostate Surgery
- Hormone Treatment
Five Ways to Improve Your Prostate Cancer Treatment Experience
- Ask questions.
- Know all of your options.
- Choose a comfortable setting.
- Don’t let yourself be rushed.
- Choose a place where you will have support.
Getting a Move on the Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment
by Carol L. Kornmehl, MD, FACRO
Prostate cancer is one of the most common malignancies to affect men. By altering the hormonal environment and reducing the amount of testosterone the body produces, cancer cells “starve” and die. This measure can increase the man’s survival. Hence, hormonal therapy, also known as androgen deprivation therapy, is a mainstream treatment for prostate cancer. A potential side effect is osteoporosis.