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Will Prostate Cancer Surgery Side Effects Be Long-Term?

Dr. Stephen Freedland Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

No surgery is without side effects. Since the prostate is in a delicate area under the bladder and alongside nerves that make erections possible, it’s a delicate balance to perform the surgery and keep both urinary and sexual functions intact. While most men will have temporary leakage or erectile dysfunction, in time the vast majority will regain almost normal function in both areas.

You should also know that in some men, surgery for prostate cancer can actually shrink the penis.

 

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Dr. Stephen Freedland is Director of the Center for Integrated Research in Cancer and Lifestyle at Cedars-Sinai and a faculty physician in the Division of Urology at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Surgery. Read More

Prostate Cancer Treatment Side Effects

Understanding the side effects before undergoing treatment can be incredibly helpful when choosing which route to go after a prostate cancer diagnosis.

Treatment: Watching and Waiting

Active surveillance for prostate cancer is a very specific protocol with requirements and guidelines. While this is not ideal for everyone, it may work for certain patients and spare them the side effects of treatment.

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What is Active Surveillance?

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The Benefits of Active Surveillance

Dr. James Brooks
Stanford Medicine
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When Is Active Surveillance Not Enough?

Dr. David Wise
NYU Perlmutter Cancer Center