Patients’ sexual orientation and communication with healthcare providers

The ability and willingness of physicians to discuss issues related to sex, sexual function, and specific sexual activities with their patients (and their partners) before or after prostate cancer treatment is notoriously not seen to be high by most prostate cancer patients (although there are exceptions to that general rule). … READ MORE …

Expectations and realities: are we really helping couples to cope post-treatment?

A recent review in the journal Translational Andrology and Urology, which is reprinted on line on the Medscape Oncology web site, addresses the issue of “Couples-based interventions following prostate cancer treatment.” … READ MORE …

Who have you been spending intimate time with?

A paper just published in Cancer Epidemiology makes some striking claims about prostate cancer and sexual behavior that are likely to need to be thoroughly validated. … READ MORE …

Addressing “sex vs. death” perceptions in prostate cancer treatment

The following is the full text of an article by Anne Katz, RN, PhD, who is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and AASECT-Certified Sexuality Counselor who blogs at ASCO Connection, where this post originally appeared. It is reproduced here with the kind permission of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. … READ MORE …

Sexual function and serum T levels, before, on, and after 9 months of ADT

As many readers of this news service will be aware, good data on the recovery of libido and sexual function after a period of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) are limited. We have long known that such recovery is variable, and we also know that it can take time, but sound data from a large cohort of patients has been “missing in action,” so to speak. A new paper by Ng et al. has now remedied this problem. … READ MORE …

Sex after RP — it’s out there on the radio

Many readers of The “New” Prostate Cancer InfoLink may be interested in listening to or reading the transcript of a program on Science Friday on National Public Radio that aired last Monday. … READ MORE …

The need to treat “the whole man” — not just his cancer

Results from an international survey of patient perceptions about their prostate cancer treatment were announced yesterday. … READ MORE …