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Prostate Cancer Survivors Need Sexual “Support”

Apr 14, 2019

Despite the high rate of sexual dysfunction, however, 56% of the men said they were not offered support to help them. Younger men were more likely to be offered support than older men.

In addition, 81% of the men who had had surgery were offered support, compared to just 35% of the men who underwent radiotherapy.

Sexual problems don’t always occur immediately.

“For some men, it can be months before any erection problems are experienced following their treatment, especially if they’re received radiotherapy,” explained Heather Blake of Prostate Cancer UK, one of the study’s funders, in an interview with the University of Leeds.

She added, “By this stage, follow up appointments may have reduced, with far fewer opportunities to raise any late side effect issues.”

Ms. Blake stressed the importance of communication between patients and doctors to address erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment.

The study was published in January in The Lancet Oncology. The Movember Foundation also funded the research.

Resources

American Cancer Society

“Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer”

(Last revised: July 18, 2018)

https://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostate-cancer/treating/hormone-therapy.html

The Lancet Oncology

Downing, Amy, PhD, et al.

“Quality of life in men living with advanced and localised prostate cancer in the UK: a population-based study”

(Abstract. Published: January 31, 2019)

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(18)30780-0/fulltext

Medscape Medical News

Harrison, Pam

“Good QOL, but Sexual Dysfunction Common After Prostate Cancer”

(February 5, 2019)

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/908685

Prostate Cancer Foundation

“Erectile Dysfunction”

https://www.pcf.org/about-prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-side-effects/erectile-dysfunction/

University of Leeds

“Inadequate support for sexual dysfunction in prostate cancer patients”

(February 2, 2019)

https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4365/inadequate_support_for_sexual_dysfunction_in_prostate_cancer_patients

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