Sexual Dysfunction Common Prior to Prostate Cancer Treatment
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.