Tuesday 16th December 2014
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Winter 2014
Erectile dysfunction can be a long-term issue for many people, and yet there are currently no UK-wide erectile dysfunction management strategies
So to help you inform, support and care for men dealing with post-treatment erectile dysfunction, Macmillan – in partnership with Prostate Cancer UK – has developed two quick guides for you.
Using evidence-based strategies, these free guides give you clear guidance for the management of erectile dysfunction following surgery, radiotherapy and hormone therapy.
A problem that affects so many men
Among men who have had radiotherapy, 53% reported sexual problems as a consequence. What’s more, 80% of men having pelvic surgery reported these problems. You’ll understand it’s something that’s often devastating for the individual and their partner.
‘My post-cancer life has been at times a living nightmare, with total loss of confidence and sexual function,' says Simon from Dorset. 'There appears to be no ongoing support to deal with these issues.’
Despite the high number of people affected, many men still find the subject too difficult to discuss.
Making informed decisions at the right time
These new guides give you at-a-glance guidance, assessment checklists and treatment pathways to help men affected by cancer restore their sexual functions.
Forewarning about the potential consequences of treatment, and of the value in taking early action if symptoms arise, helps men to make informed decisions about their options, because the earlier the intervention the better the outcomes.
Visit the web pages below to order or download the two guides today:
Treating erectile dysfunction after surgery for pelvic cancers MAC15226
Treating erectile dysfunction after radical radiotherapy and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer MAC15225
Macmillan has also produced a free booklet with information about sexuality and cancer for men and their partners.