Sexual relationships can sometimes take a hit after treatment for prostate cancer. In fact, it’s an issue often faced by a large percentage of the estimated 240,000 men in our country who are diagnosed each year with prostate cancer – and their partners.But Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez is offering some tips to help keep the spark alive. The surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and hormone therapy associated with prostate cancer can all create sexual side effects. Surgery performed by your Miami urologist to remove prostate cancer is less likely to cause erectile dysfunction, but this may not be an option for everyone depending on the location and size of the tumor. Patients have to give themselves time to heal after surgery before getting too frustrated with a loss of function. Sometimes it can take a year – or even two – for the nerves and blood vessels to entirely heal. Following are some important tips to consider if you are experiencing sexual side effects:
- Ask your Miami urologist what you can expect in the way of changes or problems with intimacy and devise a plan to address your concerns.
- Be open and honest with your feelings, worries and needs. If you’re open and honest about your feelings with your partner, you can work together as a couple to determine what is best for both of you.
- Network with other patients who have had similar problems and feelings. Often a local prostate cancer support group can provide a great environment for support. Online forums and discussion groups are also a great way to get answers to your questions and get support.
You don’t have to face this alone. Your Miami urologist Dr. George Suarez is always available to answer any questions you may have or address any concerns you are experiencing. Diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer doesn’t have to mean the end of closeness in the bedroom!