10/12/2016

Treatment for Prostate Cancer: External-Beam Radiation Therapy

If you have localized prostate cancer that needs curative treatment, you have two good options:  Radiation and surgery.  (You can read more about surgery here.)  More than 60,000 American men opt for radiation every year, and the cure rates are excellent.  It doesn’t require anesthesia, and this makes it an. Read More

10/12/2016

Which Procedure is Better – Robotic or Open Prostatectomy?

“Robot vs. Human Prostatectomy: It’s a Tie, At Least So Far.” “Robots as Good as Human Surgeons, Study Finds.” Headlines can be deceptive and not very helpful if you’re trying to choose the right treatment for prostate cancer. From these headlines, it almost sounds like an event took place –. Read More

10/12/2016

The Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM) Questionnaire

This questionnaire can help you and your doctor determine if you have symptoms of ED (erectile dysfunction). For each question, note your answer by circling the number that approximates your belief.
 Add your numbers together and refer to the table below to see what your score may mean. Over the. Read More

10/12/2016

If You Still Need Help

If You Still Need Help MUSE:  Meh.  There is another type of therapy, called MUSE.  Johns Hopkins urologist Trinity Bivalacqua, M.D., Ph.D., doesn’t recommend it, but your doctor might talk to you about it, so here’s what it is:  MUSE stands for “Medicated Urethral System for Erections.”  Basically, you take. Read More

10/12/2016

Help for ED after Prostate Surgery: The Basics

What’s the secret to having a good sex life after prostate cancer?  It’s very simple, says Johns Hopkins urologist Trinity Bivalacqua, M.D., Ph.D.  “You use prescription erection pills.  If they don’t work, you move to injectable medications.  If they don’t work, you get a penile prosthesis.  Also, having a loving. Read More

10/12/2016

Interview with an Expert: Rehabilitating Your Penis

INTERVIEW WITH AN EXPERT Trinity Bivalacqua, M.D., Ph.D., the R. Christian B. Evensen Professor of Urology and Oncology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Rehabilitating Your Penis Will your sex life be the same after surgery?  The absolute honest answer is, probably not, or at least, not for a while.  But the. Read More

10/12/2016

Take Back Your Sex Life

Surgery or radiation treatment for localized prostate cancer doesn’t mean that your sex life has to be over. But a big part of this may be up to you – and it’s not just that part.  It may be up to you to ask your urologist for extra help. Here are. Read More

10/03/2016

Questions to Ask your Doctor: Early Stage Prostate Cancer

If you have been diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer (cancer is only found in the prostate and has not spread to other organs or lymph nodes), there are a variety of treatment options to consider, and information to take into account before making any decisions. You want to be. Read More

09/02/2016

Questions to Ask Your Doctor: When You’ve Been Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

If you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you probably have a lot of questions. View a comprehensive list of things to ask your doctor — organized by stage and treatment type. Read More

08/09/2016

Erectile Dysfunction

Regardless of whether the nerves were spared during surgery or whether the most precise dose planning was used during radiation therapy, nearly all men will experience some erectile dysfunction for the first few months after treatment. The reason for this is simple: the nerves and blood vessels that control the. Read More