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Study: Potency after prostate cancer varies widely

The Columbian
Published: September 19, 2011, 5:00pm

CHICAGO (AP) — A new study addresses one of the most worrying questions faced by men with prostate cancer: What are my chances of losing sexual function after treatment?

The study found that the answers vary greatly by age, sexual potency before treatment, PSA levels and whether a man has surgery, standard radiation or radioactive seeds.

Using the findings, men can get a rough idea of their personal odds by answering questions that also include weight and race, experts said. Unsurprisingly, older men whose sexual function is already low have the worst chances of good sexual function after treatment.

The federally funded study appears in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association.