Above-the-Belt Relationship Changes That Can Come with Prostate Cancer
by Arnold Melman, MD, and Rosemary E. Newnham
Although many men see their temporary or permanent loss of erectile function as the chief change that affects their relationships post-treatment, most researchers would argue that the bigger changes happen – and need to happen – above the belt buckle: in the brain and in the heart.
FDA Expands Zytiga’s Use for Late-stage Prostate Cancer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approved use of Zytiga® (abiraterone acetate) to treat men with late-stage (metastatic) castration-resistant prostate cancer prior to receiving chemotherapy.
Prostate Cancer Affects Women, Too
by Cindie Hubiak
Our society considers prostate cancer solely a man’s disease. It’s not. Prostate cancer can affect women physically, emotionally, and spiritually. To complicate matters further, many men don’t want anyone to know about their diagnosis and treatment. This vow of silence reduces potential resources for women, pushing the topic under a rug, causing many of us to feel suffocated and isolated.
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.