Prostate cancer treatment and quality of life in the “real world”

The idea that most men will recover meaningful erectile and sexual function after treatment for prostate cancer has long been disputed by many in the patient community. We now seem to have some better data supporting the patient perspective. … READ MORE …

Strategies to maintain sexual function post-treatment for prostate cancer

A research group at the University of Otago in New Zealand is continuing to investigate how men treated for prostate cancer deal with sexual dysfunction. We have helped them with this before and will continue to do so. … READ MORE …

Restore – a clinical trial for MsM with prostate cancer

The Restore study is a new, NIH/NCI-funded, clinical trial designed to explore what will help gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (collectively, MsM) to recover urinary, sexual, and erectile function after treatment for prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

New survey on sexual distress and prostate cancer

A new survey being conducted by an experienced research team at the University of Calgary in Canada is seeking participants. … READ MORE …

Many low-risk patients are not hearing about active surveillance as an appropriate management option

Current guidelines from the American Urological Association (AUA), the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) all clearly state that, for men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer, active surveillance is an appropriate form of first-line management. However, … … READ MORE …

Sexual function after prostate cancer treatment in the MSM community

There is a significant knowledge gap concerning sexual function for prostate cancer patients in the men who have sex with men (MSM) community, because all of the existing assessment tools are designed for the heterosexual population. … READ MORE …

Treating the psychosocial and emotional impact of prostate cancer

It doesn’t take too much reading or direct experience to realize that, to date, we haven’t been very good at meeting the needs of patients with prostate cancer — or their spouses/partners — when it comes to the sociocultural and psychological needs associated with this disorder. … READ MORE …

Research survey on male sexuality and prostate cancer

A team of researchers at the University of Calgary in Canada is seeking men with a history of prostate cancer willing to complete a survey related to men’s sexuality. … READ MORE …

Recovery of erectile/sexual function after surgical treatment for prostate cancer

A new review article in the journal Sexual Medicine Reviews has addressed current knowledge on the topic of penile rehabilitation after surgery for localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Sexual rehabilitation after surgical treatment for localized prostate cancer: nine formal recommendations

Two recent articles by Salonia et al. (from the Fourth International Consultation for Sexual Medicine or ICSM 2015) have provided us with a series of nine recommendations to clinicians regarding sexual rehabilitation after radical prostatectomy for localized prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

Urinary and sexual healing improved by waiting to start salvage radiation

Salvage radiation adds to the side effects of surgery and may halt the progress made towards healing. Healing takes time. On the other hand, we have learned that adjuvant or early salvage radiation has better oncological outcomes than waiting, the earlier the better (see this link). … READ MORE …

Sexual function no worse when fewer external beam radiation treatments used

The HYPRO trial was designed to detect whether hypofractionation (fewer radiation treatments) was inferior to conventional fractionation (over about 8 weeks of treatment). … READ MORE …

Well — this is a sort of progress, one hopes!

According to the abstract of a newly published paper by Krouwel et al. in Urology (“the Gold Journal”), we now have formal evidence that most urology residents in at least The Netherlands feel that they receive insufficient training in the management of men with erectile dysfunction. … READ MORE …

Expectation management and sexual/erectile outcomes after radical prostatectomy

A newly published paper in BJU International has helped to make clear that many surgical patients have unrealistic expectations about their recovery of erectile and sexual function after radical prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Focal HIFU is “sexual function sparing” in a cohort of 118 selected patients

A new paper in European Urology has suggested that men with localized prostate cancer who are treated by focal forms of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) have “a return to baseline International Index of Erectile Function — erectile and total International Index of Erectile Function scores” by 6 months after treatment which was maintained at 1 year. … READ MORE …