Sex After Prostate Radiation Therapy

No need to rush into hormone therapy – The Australian Financial Review

The Australian Financial ReviewNo need to rush into hormone therapyThe Australian Financial ReviewDrawn from research at Harvard, this news applies to men who have been treated with surgery or radiation but whose cancer markers are still going up. They have what is called a PSA relapse. This means they have a rising level of prostate-specific …and more »

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Man’s Best Cancer Detector? (Andrew Sullivan)

Maybe you should let dogs sniff your junk after all: Researchers used two professionally trained dogs to test their ability to detect prostate cancer from a pool 677 people. One group of participants was cancer-free; the other group ranged from individuals with low-risk tumors to those whose cancer had metastasized to other tissues. The two […]

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Finding, Treating, and Beating the Most Survivable Forms of Cancer

Being diagnosed with cancer is often compared to being kicked in the gut—by a Clydesdale. But if caught soon enough, many of the disease’s 200 iterations offer more than even survival rates, five years down the line. It’s by no means a clean bill of health, mind you, but there several forms of cancer that modern science has beaten back Read more…

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Treatment Choices for Early-Stage Prostate Cancer - National ...

Questions and Answers

Difference between Prostate Cancer and Testicle cancer..?Anyone want to explain?
In case you’re wondering, It’s nothing bad. My friend and I were just talking and it came up. It’s been bothering me and some things are hard to find on google :D.

Posted by chelsea stather
[display_name id=”0″]The testes are the sex organs that lie in the male scrotum. Testicular cancer usually develops in males between the ages of 16 and 35. Boys who have a testical that didn’t descend into the scrotum before or shortly after birth are the most usually candidates. That is one of the reasons that the pediatrician carefully examines a baby for this problem and surgically corrects it if found. Young men should examine their testicals on the first of every month for lumps or swellings . (this should be done in a warm shower so the sack is relaxed and moved away from the body) Testicular cancer is surgically treated by removal of the effected teste.
Prostate cancer occurs in the prostate a walnut size gland that sits wrapped around the bladder. It secretes prostate fluid which helps to nourish and transport the sperm. It usually occurs in men over age 50 and appears to be hormonally related. It often runs in families and is more common in black men although all races are affected. Prostate cancer is treated many different ways. Hormone injections, surgical removal and radiation therapy or watchful waiting in elderly patients.
Prostate cancer???How do you know you have prostate cancer and what causes it???

Posted by guy f
[display_name id=”0″]What is prostate cancer?Prostate cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in a man’s prostate gland. The prostate sits just below the bladder. It makes part of the fluid for semen. In young men, the prostate is about the size of a walnut. It usually grows larger as you grow older.

Prostate cancer is common and is an older man’s disease. Most men who get it are older than 65. Most cases are curable because they are found before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. 1

For information on cancer that has come back or spread to other parts of the body, see the topic Prostate Cancer, Advanced or Metastatic.

What causes prostate cancer?

Experts don’t know what causes prostate cancer, but they believe that your age, family history, and race affect your chances of getting it. Eating a high-fat diet may also add to your chances of getting it.

What are the symptoms?

Prostate cancer usually does not cause symptoms in its early stages. Most men don’t know they have it until it is found during a regular medical exam. When there are symptoms, they mostly involve having problems with urination. Symptoms may include:

* Having difficulty starting your urine stream.
* Having a weaker-than-normal urine stream.
* Being unable to urinate at all.
* Having to urinate often.
* Feeling that your bladder is not emptying completely when you urinate.
* Having to get up at night to urinate.
* Having pain or a burning feeling when you urinate.
* Having blood in your urine.
* Having a deep pain in your lower back, abdomen, hip, or pelvis.

How is prostate cancer diagnosed?

Your doctor may suspect prostate cancer after a digital rectal exam and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. However, a biopsy, in which your doctor takes a sample of tissue from your prostate gland, is the only sure way to know.

How will my prostate cancer be treated?

Because most prostate cancer grows very slowly, some men have no symptoms and are not treated at all. Instead, their doctors check them regularly for symptoms for the rest of their lives. When treatment is necessary, it usually involves surgery or radiation to remove or destroy the cancer. Your treatment will depend on what kind of cancer cells you have, how far they have spread, your age and general health, and your preferences. About 90% of prostate cancers are found in the early stages, where the 5-year survival rate is almost 100%. 1

Will treatment affect my sex life?

Both surgery and radiation may cause impotence, which means not being able to have an erection.

Nerves that help control a man’s ability to have an erection may be removed or damaged during surgery because they are right next to the prostate and the cancer may have spread to them. Many times a special form of surgery, called nerve-sparing surgery, can be used to try to avoid damaging the nerves. These same nerves can also be damaged by the X-rays that are used in radiation therapy.

Drugs and mechanical aids are available to help men who are impotent. Many men recover their ability to have an erection several months or years after surgery.

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Source= Yahoo Health.

If are being treated for prostate cancer with radiation can you still have sex?
Posted by George C
[display_name id=”0″]Well George, Can you handle an answer from a guy who actually HAS prostate cancer instead of all these yahoos that are guessing or just trying to be smart I have prostate cancer and yes you can have sex while taking radiation but I would be amazed if you felt like it. I certainly wasn’t in any shape to do so. There IS a treatment when you are told to avoid close contact with your partner due to radiation and that is for several weeks after Prostate Seed Implantation (I had it and I am not even going to TRY to spell the medical term for the therapy!). For several weeks after the implant you are radioactive and are told to stay away -across the room – from pregnant women and not to hold babies on your lap. This is important to a lot of patients undergoing this treatment because (as a lot of the jerks that have posted here would know nothing of) most of the patients are of an age to have adult daughters and grandchildren. The seed implant procedure was followed, in my case, with external beam radiation which is similar to having a super x-ray of the cancer for 21 days straight. The seed implant had already messed me up pretty good and the external beam finished the job. Like I said, having sex became a bit problematic.P.S. I don’t light up like a fire fly at night and my kids and grandkids aren’t glowing in the dark after giving me a hug.

Additional p.s. The site reccomended by justme talks about more up-to-date procedures since I had my treatment. I wish docs had been using it when I was treated!…

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