Men Should Have Idea about ‘Shortened Penis’ to avoid Regret after Prostate Cancer Treatment

January 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer News

A recent study conducted by researchers of the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) has disclosed that a small of amount of men who had undergone treatments for prostate cancer are upset and regret that their penises were shortened after the treatment.

The report indicated that most of these men were not informed of this outcome earlier by their doctors, and have regretted going for the treatments.

In the study, it was discovered that men that were affected include those who have undergone prostate surgery to remove their prostate gland (radical prostatectomy) and those who have chosen a combination of radiation therapy and hormone-blocking therapy. Those who preferred only radiation therapy don’t seem to be affected by this side effect.

This is issue of concern because the quality of the sexual life of the man after treatment can affect the level of his outlook after treatment. An online article written and published by Sean Patterson in WeBProNews January 24, 2013 reveals some more details on this issue as it described in the following excerpts:

The study, soon to be published in the journal Urology, is the first to link perceptions of a shorter penis to lowered life satisfaction, relationship problems, and regret about certain prostate cancer treatments. Researchers surveyed 948 doctors who had treated men for prostate cancer that had seen a recurrance. Overall, 2.63% of the men complained of smaller penises, while 3.73% of those who received surgery complained of a shortened penis.

It seems that the men might not just be imagining things, either. Dr. Paul Nguyen, a radiation oncologist who led the study, stated that a smaller penis is a “well-known” side effect among doctors, but that “it’s almost never discussed with patients, so it can be very upsetting to some men when it occurs.”

There were no direct measurements of penis size in the study, and the surveyed doctors did not ask patients about their penis size. The complaints were brought up by the patients themselves during conversations with their doctors. For this reason, the study’s authors suggest that the problem could be more widespread than the survey found. The study recommends that doctors discuss the possibility of a shortened penis with patients before treatment.

“Patients can deal with almost any side effect if they have some inkling ahead of time that they may happen,” said Nguyen. “Prostate cancer is one of the few cancers where patients have a choice of therapies, and because of the range of possible side effects, it can be a tough choice. This study says that when penile shortening does occur, it really does affect patients and their quality of life. It’s something we should be discussing up front so that it will help reduce treatment regrets.”

Conclusively, the authors of the study has made quite an important point by stating that  men should be aware of the side effects of the type of treatment they want to go for in prostate cancer.

Penile shortening should be discussed by the doctor and if the patient is aware of the possible side effects of any treatments, he would be able deal with treatment regrets.

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