Focus on Prostate Cancer
by Victor Hola, RN
Most men undergoing surgery to remove their prostate will experience difficulty getting an erection for varying lengths of time after surgery. In order to restore sexual vitality, two main areas need to be addressed. The first is largely physical. The second can have both physical and psychological factors. The road to sexual recovery is not always an easy one, but with time, effort, and a little bit of patience, success is possible.
A lot of men have incontinence after treatment for prostate cancer, but it can happen after being treated for other cancers too. If you have this problem, you are not alone. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you are having trouble controlling your urine. There are ways to help.
by Steven Lamm, MD, Herbert Lepor, MD, and Dan Sperling, MD
Ultimately, you are responsible for your own healthcare. Your doctor is, of course, an important part of figuring out health problems and helping you treat them, but when it comes to decision making and following through on treatment and care, the buck stops with you.