Erectile dysfunction after radical prostatectomy: Prevalence, medical treatments, and psychosocial interventions Journal Article


Authors: Emanu, J. C.; Avildsen, I. K.; Nelson, C. J.
Article Title: Erectile dysfunction after radical prostatectomy: Prevalence, medical treatments, and psychosocial interventions
Abstract: Purpose of review This review will discuss erectile dysfunction in prostate cancer patients following radical prostatectomy. It will focus on the prevalence and current treatments for erectile dysfunction as well as the emotional impact of erectile dysfunction and the current psychosocial interventions designed to help patients cope with this side effect. Recent findings Although there is a large discrepancy in prevalence rates of erectile dysfunction after radical prostatectomy, several recent studies have cited rates as high as 85%. The concept of 'penile rehabilitation' is now the standard of practice to treat erectile dysfunction following radical prostatectomy. However, many men avoid seeking help or utilizing erectile dysfunction treatments. This avoidance is related to the shame, frustration, and distress many men with erectile dysfunction and their partners experience. Recent psychosocial interventions have been developed to facilitate the use of treatments and help men cope with erectile dysfunction. These interventions have shown initial promise, however, continued intervention development is needed to reduce distress and improve long-term erectile function outcomes. Summary Erectile dysfunction is a significant problem following prostate cancer surgery. Although there are effective medical treatments, the development of psychosocial interventions should continue to evolve to maximize the assistance we can give to men and their partners. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.
Keywords: prostate cancer; radical prostatectomy; erectile dysfunction; erectile function; avoidance
Journal Title: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
ISSN: 1751-4258
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins  
Date Published: 2016-03-01
Start Page: 102
End Page: 107
Language: English
DOI: 10.1097/spc.0000000000000195
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 26808052
PMCID: PMC5005072
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Notes: Review -- Export Date: 3 March 2016 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Christian Nelson
    266 Nelson
  2. Jessica C Emanu
    9 Emanu