Beth Israel-led study shows candid discussion regarding sexuality can improve quality of life for prostate cancer survivors: NCI Cancer Center News
Physicians are now better able to predict a man’s recovery of sexual function after prostate cancer treatment, making a conversation between doctor and patient an important part of pre-treatment planning, a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-led research team suggests. A study published in the Sept. 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found the increasing survivability of early stage prostate cancer has made health-related quality of life issues an increasingly important element of treatment options. And sexual function in previously potent men is among the most important factors in satisfaction with treatment.
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