Sep 21, 2011 - 7:37 am
Here's a link to a New York Times article that I thought would be of interest to those guys trying to decide on a PCa treatment. The article reports on the study, "Prediction of Erectile Function Following Treatment for Prostate Cancer".
The Times article has a link to the abstract, and the abstract has a link to the full article.
Some quotes from the Times article follow (I apologize for not including a Full quote of the article, but I figure if you are interested you can go to the Times site and read the full article).
"The findings, based on a study of more than 1,000 men treated for prostate cancer at multiple medical centers, show that whether a man is able to achieve adequate erections after treatment for prostate cancer varies greatly depending on a number of individual variables, including his age, the extent of his cancer and the quality of his sex life before treatment.
Over all, fewer than half of the men who reported good sexual function before cancer had managed to regain it two years after treatment. But the chances of sexual recovery varied widely. After two years, some men had less than a 10 percent chance of achieving adequate erections after treatment, whereas others had a 70 percent or greater chance of a relatively normal sex life."
"Over all, just 35 percent of men in the surgery group, 37 percent of men in the radiation group and 43 percent of men in the brachytherapy group were able to have sexual intercourse two years after treatment."
"One limit of the study is that it followed the men for only two years. Men who undergo radiation and brachytherapy may experience a decline in erectile function two or more years after treatment, whereas men who undergo surgery may experience improvement."