Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, can definitely be a side effect of prostate cancer treatment, even though it is not caused by actually having prostate cancer. There are several different treatments that can increase the risk of this condition, including surgery to remove the prostate gland, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and more.
Does Prostate Cancer Treatment Cause Impotence?
How Soon Does ED Occur?
The severity and length of time between the treatment and the occurrence of ED varies depending upon the treatment. For surgery, one may notice some degree of erectile dysfunction immediately. There are some techniques that the surgeon may use that spare the nerves that help with erections, depending upon the severity and location of the cancer and judgement of the surgeon.
One may have a more gradual onset of erectile dysfunction associated with radiation therapy. Generally, ED may not develop until months after having radiation therapy. There are some types of radiation treatment that may minimize the risk of erectile dysfunction after therapy including radioactive seed implants or intensity modulated radiotherapy. 3-D conformal radiotherapy may also decrease the occurrence of erectile dysfunction.
Finally, hormonal therapy may cause erectile dysfunction to occur within a few weeks after the initiation of treatment because of low testosterone levels. There are certain medications that can be used to combat this issue including Cialis, Levitra and Viagra. Libido, or sexual interest, also decreases as a result of hormonal therapy.
Treatment for ED
Urological Cancers are one of the most common forms of cancer and also one of the most curable types if detected early. The key to detecting and eradicating these forms of cancer are regular screenings. Learn more about the various types of urological cancer.
Adult & Pediatric Urology in Omaha, NE
Occasional ED is not uncommon. Many men experience it during times of stress. However, frequent ED can be a sign of health problems that need treatment. It can also be a sign of emotional or relationship difficulties that may need to be addressed by a professional. It is a treatable condition. There are a number of ED treatments available. The type of treatment generally depends on the underlying cause of ED and range from counseling and lifestyle changes to drugs and surgery. If you suffer from ED, it is important to talk to your doctor. A doctor can help identify the cause of your ED and figure out the most appropriate treatment.
Clinical Trials in Omaha
Our Clinical Research Department was developed to fulfill our mission to provide high-quality patient centered care. When existing treatments fail or significantly lower your quality of life we seek out new, safe methods that give you more options and make further advancements in the fields of urology and urogynecology.
This overactive bladder clinical research treatment taking place in Omaha is testing new treatment methods. They are being developed by pharmaceutical and bio-technical companies. By volunteering, you may receive new investigational treatments that may help us all understand your condition.
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