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One in Three Male Childhood Cancer Survivors Has Erectile Dysfunction, Study Finds

Nov 13, 2018

One in Three Male Childhood Cancer Survivors Has Erectile Dysfunction, Study FindsAlmost 30% of male childhood cancer survivors develop erectile dysfunction (ED) as adults, according to a research letter published last month in JAMA Oncology.

After examining sexual health data from 956 men, researchers determined that 29% had ED.

ED is an inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. It can have a variety of causes, both physical and psychological. (Learn more about ED and its treatment here.)

Treatment for childhood cancer, such as radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery, can affect a patient’s sexual function later on.

For example, surgery and radiation may affect glands responsible for the production of testosterone, an important hormone for male sexuality. And damage to pelvic nerves and blood vessels in the penis might be unavoidable during surgery.

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