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Prostate Cancer and Erectile Dysfunction

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer found in men, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. Statistically about one man in every six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are naturally anxious about the disease and the potential complications that can come from treatment. One of the most worrisome of these complications is erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence.

How Are Prostate Cancer and Erectile Dysfunction Related?

While it is possible for erectile dysfunction to result directly from prostate cancer, it is rare and unlikely. The prostate is located near a juncture of important nerves and blood vessels at the base of the penis. If the cancer spreads beyond the prostate, it can affect these nerves and vessels, which can result in the ability to achieve or maintain an erection.

It is however, much more likely that a man will develop ED as a result of prostate cancer treatments, rather than the cancer itself.

Prostate Cancer Treatments And Erectile Dysfunction

All of the most commonly accepted treatment methods for prostate cancer

can result in ED. The most common treatments for prostate cancer include:

  • Radiation Therapy
  • Surgery to remove cancerous tissues
  • Hormonal Therapy
  • Cryotherapy

Up to 90% of all men will experience temporary ED following prostatectomy. Most men are able to resume normal or near-normal sexual function after 12-18 months.

Talk with your doctor today for more information about erectile dysfunction and the treatments for prostate cancer. NMMC wants you to be informed and to be healthy! Contact NMMC today!