Sexual Dysfunction

What It Is

Treatment of prostate cancer with surgery, radiation, and/or hormone therapy can result in erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that is adequate for sexual activity. Hormone therapy is usually associated with a decreased interest in sexual activity.8


You might be uncomfortable talking to your doctor about ED or a low sex drive. That’s natural. But you should keep in mind that your doctor is used to discussing sexual health with patients who have prostate cancer, as well as with those who don’t. More than ever, men are taking charge of their sexual health by having an open discussion with their doctors. Sexual dysfunction may be treatable—so be sure to talk to your doctor if you experience this side effect.