Sexual Dysfunction Common Prior to Prostate Cancer Treatment

CHICAGO—Prostate cancer (PCa) patients have a high incidence of sexual dysfunction prior to treatment, a study found.

The study, by Ege Can Serefoglu, MD, of Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and colleagues, included 60 men with newly diagnosed PCa. The men had a mean age of 60 years (range 44-73 years). After undergoing a careful medical and sexual history, the men completed the Male Sexual Health Questionnaire. Patients who score 0-2 points for each question were considered to be symptomatic.

Of the 60 men, 13.6% reported erectile problems, 13.2% reported decreased force of ejaculation, 18.5% reported diminished volume of ejaculate, and 20.4% reported decreased pleasure with ejaculation, according to findings presented at the World Meeting on Sexual Medicine. In addition, 31.5% said they were unsatisfied with their sexual activity.

“These problems need to be considered when discussing treatment options with prostate cancer patients,” the authors concluded.

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