FEATURED SEARCH: erectile
Erectile dysfunction (ED) may be less taboo than it used to be, but colorectal cancer patients do not routinely receive information and treatment for ED. Many men in this small study were uninformed about ED, were unprepared for it, and the majority didn’t seek help after surgery. The authors suggest better training and reorganization of services may prevent clinicians from “inadvertently neglecting, misleading, and offending” colorectal cancer patients.
RESULT: Men’s experience of erectile dysfunction after treatment for colorectal cancer: qualitative interview study
British Medical Journal | Oct 18, 2011 (FREE FULL TEXT)
Post-surgery for colorectal cancer, a wide range of men (5-88%) and about half of all women experience sexual dysfunction, according to this systematic review of 82 studies. The authors encourage initiating a pre-surgery discussion about potential ED to provide patients with an opportunity to include sexual issues in their decision-making process.
RESULT: Sexual (dys)function and the quality of sexual life in patients with colorectal cancer: a systematic review
Annals of Oncology | Apr 20, 2011 (FREE FULL TEXT)