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What is the link between prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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Prostate cancer is not often a cause of erectile dysfunction (or ED). But prostate cancer treatments can cause ED. The current methods of treating prostate cancer, including surgery with radical prostatectomy (removal of the entire prostate gland), radiation therapy -- whether by external beam or brachytherapy (seed implant) -- and hormone therapy, can all cause ED.

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 9, 2020

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on July 9, 2020

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How can radical prostatectomy cause erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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