Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Surgery and Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Cause Lack of Ejaculation

The American Urological Association 2010 Annual Scientific Meeting was held in San Francisco.  One of the reports at the meeting dealt with the fact that nearly 90% of men who undergo radiation therapy for prostate cancer will eventually develop anejaculation (inability to ejaculate).  Additionally radical prostatectomy (surgery) is almost always associated with loss of ability to ejaculate.  It is an inevitable and well-recognized result of surgery but anejaculation after radiation treatment is less discussed.

A  study of 252 men who were treated for prostate cancer showed that 72% of men lost their ability to ejaculate after radiation treatment.  After 5 years, 89% had anejaculation.  The mean study age was 65 years.

Since both surgery and radiation therapy are likely to cause anejaculation, it is important that men know about it as they are making decisions on treatment.

12 comments:

Craig said...

not good news. what other treatments are there to consider if the two mentioned in your post have the same outcome or lack of?

Toni Brayer, MD said...

Craig: I do not know of any other treatment for prostate cancer except hormonal and that would cause erectile dysfunction. Agree, not good news.

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