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Sexual Relationships and Testicular Cancer
Sexual Relationships and Testicular Cancer Treatment for testicular cancer can lead to changes in sexual function or in the appearance of the genital area. Whether the changes you experience are short-term or long lasting, you can find ways to feel good about yourself and to be intimate with your partner. Remember to be patient and give yourself time. Be creative. Ideas include: Focus on your physical recovery including diet, rest, and activities. Ask your doctor or nurse about maintaining or resuming s...
For Family Members Coping with Prostate Cancer
For Family Members Coping with Prostate Cancer What can you do to help the man in your life with prostate cancer? The following are some suggestions for helping the men in your life who may have or could have prostate cancer at some point in time: Keep the lines of communication open. It is easy for someone with a diagnosis of prostate cancer to become depressed, or to be in a state of denial. It is also normal for you to be sad, angry, or in denial of the diagnosis. Open communication is critical durin...
Dealing with Erectile Dysfunction
Dealing with Erectile Dysfunction Erectile dysfunction is when a man is not able to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for his sexual needs. It's often a side effect of the treatments for prostate cancer. Some men have chronic, complete erectile dysfunction, called impotence. Others have partial or brief erections. Younger men are more likely to regain sexual potency after treatment than older men. Plus, a man's ability to have an erection before surgery or radiation greatly influences whether h...
Impotence / Erectile Dysfunction
Impotence / Erectile Dysfunction Click Image to Enlarge What is erectile dysfunction (ED)? Impotence, or erectile dysfunction, is the inability to achieve an erection, and/or dissatisfaction with the size, rigidity, and/or duration of erections. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), erectile dysfunction affects up to 30 million men. Although in the past it was commonly believed to be due to psychological problems, it is now known that for most men erectile dysfunction is caused by physic...
Sexuality Issues for Women Being Treated for Cancer
Sexuality Issues for Women Being Treated for Cancer When you are undergoing treatment for cancer, you may have side effects that affect your physical response to sex. You may also experience changing feelings about who you are, how you feel about yourself, and how you feel about your relationships. All of these feelings can influence your sexuality. How Cancer Treatment May Affect Sexuality Sexuality not only refers to sexual intercourse, but to other means of sexual expression, such as touching and kis...
Sex and Cancer: Questions for Your Doctor
Sex and Cancer: Questions for Your Doctor What sexual impact should I expect from my cancer or its treatment? How long will these changes last? What can I do about them? Are there any restrictions that I should be aware of? Is it OK to have sex during treatment? Do I need to use birth control? If so, what kind? After treatment, how long will I need to use birth control? Will I be able to have children after treatment? If not, what can I do if I want to have children?