Steven/Steve's Story

White British
Sexual Orientation
East Anglia
Relationship status
Married/In a Civil Partnership

Tips and advice for any sexual side effects of treatment

I spent some time under a ED specialist but most remedies (medications) were only partially successful. The most successful remedy was direct injection, which isn’t always the most desired solution. Some level of after-effect from a radical prostatectomy was almost inevitable, despite my surgeon’s extreme care to protect nerves. More recent remote surgical techniques may be less invasive and therefore have reduced side-effects. Ultimately a supportive and understanding partner is a huge help.

How this treatment impacted my life the most

Once I had recovered from the surgery I returned to a full and normal life, excepting sexual activity which was compromised by the post-operative effects. But a very supportive partner and close family helped me through that and has continued to enable me to lead a very happy, fulfilled existence.

If I had to do it all over again, would I choose the same treatment?


Why did I give this answer?

I saw my father suffer with terminal prostate cancer when he was just 50. He eventually died a very unpleasant death at 52, just after my 18th birthday. His circumstances led to my early testing in a routine Health Check which in turn revealed my diagnosis and resulted in early, life saving surgery which has seen me clear for almost 22 years. I consider myself very fortunate that the Doctor who undertook my routine Health Screening had the presence of mind to suggest a PSA Test, based on my Father’s history. I fully understood that the nature of my disease at 46 was such that a significant intervention was required to prevent me from following the same path as my father. Brachiotherapy was new and relatively untested at the time, so I a ccepgted the advice to opt for surgery. Except for the previously mentioned side-effects….which I have learnt to live with….I feel very fortunate to have been able to live a normal life as a result of the treatment I received.

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