Restoring Sexual Function After Prostate Surgery
Talking With Your Doctor
- How extensive the surgery will be and whether the cavernous nerves will need to be removed
- Whether you are a good candidate for nerve-sparing surgery, which is done in some cases, but still carries the risk of ED
Exploring Your Options
Dealing With the Emotional Impact
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Prostate Cancer Foundation http://www.pcf.org
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Prostate Cancer Canada http://www.prostatecancer.ca
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013 -
- Update Date: 03/18/2013 -
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