Radiation for Prostate Cancer Won’t Hurt Sex

If a man’s sex life was strong and happy before being he got prostate cancer, it’s likely it will return to similar good levels within two years of radiation treatment for prostate cancer.

That’s the conclusion to be drawn from a new study on how sex is affected by the effects of prostate radiation treatments.

While sex is likely to decrease over the first two years after treatment, it then stabilizes, according to US research reported by UPI.

Satisfaction Four Years Later

Researchers at the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and University of California, Davis, School of Medicine evaluated 143 prostate cancer patients receiving external beam radiation therapy who completed baseline data on sexual function before treatment and at follow-up visits.

Senior author Dr. Richard Valicenti of the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, said patients were analyzed on sexual drive, erectile function, ejaculatory function and overall satisfaction for a median time of about four years.

Past Performance Best Predictor

The study authors found the strongest predictor of sexual function after treatment was sexual function before treatment and the only statistically significant decrease in function occurred in the first two years after treatment — and function then stabilized with no significant changes thereafter.

The findings are published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics.

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