Have you ever wondered, will I be able to get an erection after prostate cancer treatment? You’re not alone. Many men who are facing a prostate cancer diagnosis, or who have undergone prostate cancer treatment, are worried about whether or not they will be able to have an erection after prostate cancer.
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate cancer develops in the prostate – a small gland that makes seminal fluid. It is one of the most common types of cancer in men. Prostate cancer usually grows over time and in the beginning usually stays within the prostate gland, where it may not cause serious harm. While some types of prostate cancer grow slowly and may need minimal or no treatment, other types are aggressive and can spread quickly. Catching prostate cancer early, creates a better chance of successful treatment.
Symptoms of Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer that is more advanced may cause signs and symptoms such as:
- Trouble urinating
- Decreased force in the stream of urine
- Blood in the semen
- Discomfort in the pelvic area
- Bone pain
- Erectile dysfunction
Erection after Prostate Cancer Treatment
Following prostate cancer treatment, it is a possibility that you will no longer be able to have an erection. If you are unable to have an erection following treatment, this condition may last only for a short time or could be permanent.
Many men who undergo treatment for prostate cancer see little or no ill effects to their erectile function. Radiation therapy, prostate surgery, cryotherapy, hormone therapy, and others can all result in erectile dysfunction.
Unfortunately, there is no definitive way to determine which men will have erectile dysfunction following treatment. Men with vascular conditions, diabetes, obesity, or pre-existing problems are more likely to have erectile dysfunction following treatment.
Studies to determine the chance of men having erectile dysfunction following prostate cancer treatments have resulted in widely varying numbers. Some studies seem to show that only a small percentage of men have long-standing issues with ED. Other studies have shown much higher numbers.
For men who have undergone prostatectomy, long term ED has been seen in up to 70 percent of men, but other studies have shown this to be more like 30 percent when using ED treatments.
Additionally, for men being treated with hormone deprivation therapy, ED symptoms often end after stopping the treatment. It is important to keep in mind that even if you are faced with ED following prostate cancer treatment, all hope is not lost. Today, there are very effective treatments for ED available and many men can return to healthy sexual lives despite their ED.
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