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Prostate Cancer

Radical Prostatectomy - Erectile Dysfunction

In 2003, about 225,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States. Of these men, 45% received treatment by surgical removal of the prostate gland (radical prostatectomy.) The majority of those men who have had this surgery will experience temporary or permanent ED.

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Overview - Prostate Cancer

The prostate is a small walnut-sized gland located below your bladder that surrounds your urethra. It produces prostatic fluid that mixes with fluid from your seminal vesicles to form semen. Sperm is carried through tubes from your testicles to the prostate where it mixes with semen. As men age the prostate grows often causing obstruction; this is referred to as BPH.

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Causes - Prostate Cancer

Although we don’t yet know exactly what causes prostate cancer, we do know that the male hormone, testosterone, stimulates prostate cells to grow. Scientists have also identified a few risk factors for prostate cancer—most notably age, genetics, race, and lifestyle. The average age of diagnosis is age 70 years, with most cases found in men over age 55 years.

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Prostate Removal and Continued Sexual Satisfaction

Feelings of anxiety, depression, and sexual dissatisfaction are common among men who have been surgically treated for prostate cancer, even a year after treatment, according to recent research from the Mayo Clinic.

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Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

The 2 ways doctors screen for prostate cancer are through digital rectal examination (DRE) and PSA test. Your doctor can perform a DRE during your annual physical examination. You will be asked to either bend over, or lie on your side. Your doctor will briefly insert a lubricated gloved finger into your rectum to examine the size, contour and consistency of your prostate gland.

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Treating Prostate Cancer

Currently, there are many treatment options for prostate cancer, including surgery, radiation therapy, cryosurgery, hormone therapy, and chemotherapy. You will need to discuss with your doctor (and, if appropriate, with your partner) which option is right for you.

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Seed Brachytherapy and Erectile Function

Seed Brachytherapy and Erectile Function

In a recent study Australian researchers considered to what extent might brachytherapy patients experience ED

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Suicide Risk among Genitourinary Cancer Patients

Suicide Risk among Genitourinary Cancer Patients

Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia-Georgia Regents University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center report that suicide risk among genitourinary cancer patients “poses a public health dilemma.”

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