The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It makes most of the semen that carries sperm. The walnut-sized gland is located beneath the bladder and surrounds the upper part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder.
Prostate cancer is a major health concern for American men. The disease is rare before age 50, and experts believe that most elderly men have traces of it.
In 2013, about 238,500 new cases will be diagnosed in the U.S., and about 29,700 will die...
It is not unusual to feel confusion, anxiety, guilt, stress, or
depression because of the changes in your body. These
psychological factors are often most troublesome after treatment ends.
Often the stress of being diagnosed with cancer and the treatment
that follows can cause stress in other areas of your life. This stress can
cause problems within your sexual relationships. Men who do not have partners
often stop dating altogether because they feel that a potential partner might
reject them because of their history of cancer.
These problems are not unusual and can be solved. Your doctor can
refer you to organizations that can offer support and information. Talk openly
about your concerns with your partner. If you are having problems being
intimate with your partner, discuss this with your doctor. You may also contact
your local chapter of the American Cancer Society to help you find a support
group. Talking with other people who may have had similar feelings can be very
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC - Urology
June 21, 2010
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June 21, 2010
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