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Do prostate cancer treatments cause erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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Though prostate cancer is not a cause of erectile dysfunction, treatments for the disease can cause the problem. Among them:

  • Surgery to remove the entire prostate gland
  • Radiation therapy, whether by external beam or radioactive seed implants
  • Hormone therapy

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

drugs.com. 

American Urological Association.

Medicinenet.com.

News release, FDA.

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. 

drugs.com. 

American Urological Association.

Medicinenet.com.

News release, FDA.

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 13, 2019

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