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How Does Prostate Cancer Treatment Affect Gay and Bisexual Men?

Sexual challenges after prostate cancer treatment can take their toll on a man’s psychological health and relationships. Depression and anxiety are not uncommon, and men may feel disconnected from their gay and bisexual community and sense of self.

Fortunately, there is hope. For example, there are effective treatments for ED, such as pills, vacuum devices, and injections. Counseling can help men coping with depression or anxiety. And through sex therapy, men can learn to readjust their roles in sexual relationships, if they feel they need to.

Discussing their concerns with their partner and their cancer care team is a good starting point.

Some men are reluctant to talk about their sexuality, especially with doctors. However, ignoring the conversation could prevent men from getting the help they need. In such cases, men might consider seeking support from peers who can offer advice and referrals to healthcare providers who specialize in the health of gay and bisexual men.

Resources

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

Dowsett, Gary W., et al.

“Moving On: Mental Health, Resilience and Sexual Recovery among Gay Men living with Prostate Cancer”

(November 2015)

http://malecare.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/MovingOn.pdf

Malecare.com

“Gay Man’s Guide to Prostate Cancer and Doctors”

http://malecare.org/gay-prostate-cancer-and-doctors/

U.S. News & World Report

Miller, Anna Medaris

“When Gay Men Get Prostate Cancer”

(November 9, 2017)

https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2017-11-09/when-gay-men-get-prostate-cancer

Sexual Medicine Society of North America

“Does sexual orientation alter sexual recovery following prostate cancer?”

http://www.issm.info/sexual-health-qa/does-sexual-orientation-alter-sexual-recovery-following-prostate-cancer/

“Gay and Bisexual Men with Prostate Cancer May Need Targeted Support”

http://www.issm.info/news/sex-health-headlines/gay-and-bisexual-men-with-prostate-cancer-may-need-targeted-support/

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