One stumbling block when it comes to prostate cancer treatment is the patients fear of impotence. As men as usually very concerned with this issue, it is best that this should be openly discussed with the patient and his partner before any form of treatment shall be undertaken.
Most prostate cancer treatment causes impotence especially in the first 3 to 12 months after treatment. During surgery, radiation treatment and other forms of cancer cell removal or suppression methods, the nerves that allow men to have an erection may be damaged. Damaged nerves will have difficulty of performing their normal functions thus the tendency of the patient to be impotent.
Normally, men who had undergone prostate cancer treatment usually cannot have an erection without taking medicine or other form of medication. For younger patients, this case of impotency may be temporary and the patient will soon be able to have an erection without the aid of drugs and other forms of medications. However, for those patients who are older, recovery may be less likely and impotence may become permanent depending on the type of prostate cancer treatment he has undergone.
Although the patient may not be able to get an erection, that doesnt necessarily mean that he can enjoy the feeling of pleasure or orgasm during sexual intercourse. Most people would always associate orgasm with erection and ejaculation. In prostate cancer patients, the removal of the prostate may prevent the male organ from producing semen and seminal fluids.
In this case, the man can still experience but it will be dry orgasm due to the failure of the prostate to produce the necessary fluids. However, the feeling of enjoyment will still be there even if there is no Ã¢â‚¬Å“ejaculationÃ¢â‚¬Â taking place. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have any questions regarding this issue before you take the prostate cancer treatment.
Child Bearing Outlook
One thing that should be made clear to the patient is that there is a difference between impotence and sterility. Note that impotence is the failure to have an erection long enough to enjoy sex. On the other hand, sterility is the failure of the sperms to fertilize. In other words, although a man can have and erection and enjoy sex, he cannot father a child.
This may become a very delicate issue for older men who wants to have child so it is best to talk to your doctor about the options you have. Where sterility cannot be avoided, you might consider sperm banking before you undergo treatment so that even if you do become sterile as a consequence of the treatment, you still have a chance of fathering the child.
In every decision regarding prostate cancer treatment, it is best to involve the spouse or the partner from the very beginning. The involvement of the spouse in the treatment process in prostate cancer patients is very important, as they are the ones whom the patient will rely on for strength. Furthermore, the prostate cancer treatment will also have a big impact on the couples married life. Thus, it is very important that both parties will be emotionally ready with all the consequences of the treatment.