Post-Prostate Cancer

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Post-Prostate Cancer services offered in Upper East Side, New York, NY

Many men who undergo prostate removal experience issues like erectile dysfunction and stress urinary incontinence. Even nonsurgical treatments often lead to sexual difficulties. Reconstructive urologist Gregory Amend, MD, in the Upper East Side neighborhood of New York City, New York, offers medical guidance for post-prostate cancer problems to improve your quality of life. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to learn how to effectively manage post-prostate cancer.

Post-Prostate Cancer Q & A

Why do I need post-prostate cancer treatment?

Prostate cancer treatment may involve various procedures, including surgery to remove the prostate gland and therapies like radiation, cryotherapy, and immunotherapy that destroy cancerous tissue. 

After undergoing prostate cancer treatments, many men experience a reduction in libido and have difficulty getting or maintaining an erection (erectile dysfunction). They also might have involuntary urine leakage (stress urinary incontinence). 

These effects can range from mild in severity to a complete loss of function. Post-prostate cancer treatment helps you overcome these hurdles and return to a healthy and fulfilling life.

How does post-prostate cancer treatment work?

Dr. Amend provides supportive and collaborative care attuned to your individual needs, and personally manages your post-prostate cancer treatment program. He uses an approach to care that accounts for the emotional, physical, and mental challenges you’ve already endured during prostate cancer treatment. 

Your treatment plan may include: 

Stress urinary incontinence treatment

If you have stress urinary incontinence, Dr. Amend may recommend conservative treatments, such as wearing absorbent pads or performing special exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support your bladder and urethra. 

However, if your condition is more severe, he also offers medical devices like artificial urinary sphincters and surgical options (bladder neck suspension and urethral slings). 

Erectile dysfunction treatment

Erectile dysfunction affects up to three-quarters of men after prostate cancer treatment, making it a common post-prostate cancer issue. Dr. Amend may recommend lifestyle changes, medication therapy, and other therapies to help improve your condition. 

When should I start a post-prostate cancer treatment program?

Research shows that starting a post-prostate cancer treatment program six weeks after your last cancer procedure can significantly improve your sexual function*. 

Post-prostate cancer treatment can lead to meaningful and long-lasting improvements in your health. If you’re experiencing health problems following cancer treatment that affect your quality of life and relationships, Dr. Amend can help you navigate through the post-cancer treatment process. 

Life after prostate cancer doesn’t have to affect your sexual fulfillment and well-being. To learn more about your treatment options for post-prostate cancer, contact Gregory Amend, MD, or use the online scheduling tool today.  

*Individual results may vary