Cancer and its treatment affect every part of your life — physically, spiritually, emotionally and sexually. Lifesaving therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can cause side effects in men, including urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and hormonal problems that can make intimacy difficult. Addressing these side effects is an important part of your cancer care, and as vital as pain management, physical therapy and emotional well-being.
These side effects do not have to become permanent. We can manage and improve them and help minimize the cost of cure from cancer.Ahmed Aly Hussein Aly, MD
Conditions We Treat
The most common sexual side effects that men face as a result of their cancer or its treatment include:
- Problems with erections or ejaculation
- Low testosterone level, or hypogonadism, which can produce symptoms of fatigue, weight gain, cognitive issues and decreased sexual drive
- Urinary leakage, or difficulty with urination
- Neurogenic bladder, a condition caused by neuropathy of the nerves that control the bladder. This can lead to a wide spectrum of symptoms, including inability to urinate, loss of bladder sensation, irritative voiding and more frequent urination
How We Can Help
We understand that some of these issues can be difficult to talk about. A visit to our clinic will include a candid discussion with urologist Ahmed Aly Hussein Aly, MD. After learning about the problems you face, Dr. Aly can offer you real solutions to help you regain a healthy life. Some of the approaches he may recommend include:
- Pelvic physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles that help to control urine flow and sexual function
- Testosterone supplementation
- Placement of an artificial urinary sphincter
- Placement of penile implant
Who Is Eligible?
Any patient or survivor whose sexual life is affected by side effects related to cancer, its treatment or prevention.
Make an Appointment
Ask your Roswell Park physician or anyone on your care team for a referral to the Men's Sexual Health Clinic, or call Patient Access at 1-800-ROSWELL.