20 October 2011
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to BMJ paper oentitled 'Male bowel cancer patients need more information about erectile dysfunction'
Dr Isabel White, Macmillan Clinical Research Fellow said:
'This study supports what we already know about this often neglected consequence of pelvic cancer treatment. Erectile difficulties among survivors of colorectal cancer is an aspect of cancer recovery that needs to be assessed and managed more thoroughly by health professionals, particularly those involved in cancer follow-up and primary care. Improvements to patient assessment and care planning, as tested by Macmillan and the Department of Health, may make asking for help with sexual difficulties after cancer more acceptable to both men and health professionals.'
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