|Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction after Cancer Treatment|
| James Metz, MD
Updated by: Lara Bonner Millar, MD
|Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania|
| Last Modified: August 20, 2012
Many men may have difficulty obtaining or maintaining erections after various forms of cancer treatment. Surgery and radiation therapy to the pelvic area, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy, and various medications may all significantly impact a man's ability to obtain/maintain an erection. Erectile dysfunction can cause significant angst and/or anxiety for the man and his partner.
Since this is a common complaint after cancer treatment, you should feel at ease that your physician has seen many patients with similar problems. You should not hesitate to discuss these concerns with your physician. After a thorough history and physical exam, your doctor may recommend specific testing or changes in your medications. There are medical treatments to help patients restore and maintain erections. Only your physician can determine if you will benefit from a specific treatment. These treatments may include the following:
Lifestyle interventions such as weight loss, exercise, and smoking cessation, may also help.
There are advantages and disadvantages with each type of treatment. There are also different side effects for each treatment. If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, you should discuss the pros and cons of each treatment option with your physician.