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Seed Brachytherapy and Erectile Function

Seed Brachytherapy and Erectile FunctionMen with prostate cancer have several treatment options, including surgery, hormonal therapy, and radiation. All of these treatments have their pros and cons and sexual issues, such as erectile function, are a common concern for patients.

One type of radiation treatment is prostate brachytherapy, which involves placing radiation as close as possible to the prostate cancer cells. The radiation may be delivered through wires (temporary brachytherapy) or with radioactive seeds that remain in the prostate (permanent brachytherapy).

Brachytherapy may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments. Side effects include problems with urination, blood in the urine or stool, and diarrhea.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is another possibility. But to what extent might brachytherapy patients experience ED? And what factors could make a man more or less likely to develop ED after treatment?


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