Posted on September 23rd, 2011 by
Information about a man’s baseline characteristics and prostate cancer treatment plan can help predict erectile function after treatment. These results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer (other than skin cancer) in US men. Most men will survive a diagnosis of early-stage prostate cancer, but side effects of treatment can take a toll on quality of life. Erectile dysfunction in particular is a common problem that can have a substantial impact on well being and satisfaction with treatment.
In order to provide men with more personalized assessments of their risk of erectile dysfunction, researchers assessed how several patient and treatment characteristics affect sexual outcome after treatment. The primary outcome of interest was whether the patient had functional erections suitable for intercourse. This outcome was assessed two years after treatment with prostatectomy, external radiation therapy, or brachytherapy.
By providing personalized information about the likelihood of erectile function after prostate cancer treatment, these statistical models can help men have a better idea of what to expect.
Reference: Alemozaffar M, Regan MM, Cooperberg MR, Wei JT et al. Prediction of erectile function following treatment for prostate cancer. JAMA. 2011;306:1205-1214.
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