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Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction | Prostate Cancer Staging Guide

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PCRI’s Executive Director, Mark Scholz, MD, talks about the four ways that impotence can be managed after prostate cancer therapy. He gives an overview of pills, pumps, injections, and implants to counteract impotence. Learn more pills, penile injection vacuum pumps, and more with Dr. Stephen Auerbach and Dr. Mark Moyad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFMbYrT0nEU Don’t know your stage? Take the quiz: Visit http://www.prostatecancerstaging.org To learn more about prostate cancer visit http://www.pcri.org To download the free Staging Guide visit http://www.pcri.org/prostate-cancer-staging 0:29 Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Stendra, are all oral medications that can help men get erections after prostate cancer treatment, and they tend to work in most people. They do sometimes have side effects, such as a stuffy nose, headaches, changes in vision, or low blood pressure depending on other medications that a man may be taking. 1:27 Options If Pills Do Not Work. One option is a vacuum erection device. This is a device that uses vacuum pressure to draw blood into the penis, which is then held in place with an elastic band at the base of the penis. This is effective for many men, but it can be a cumbersome process, and thus is less likely to be used. 2:25 Penile Injections. Injection therapy is highly effective for getting serviceable erections for men in whom pills don’t work. The process involves injecting the medicine directly into the side of the penis with a small needle. If men can tolerate the needle, and the process of self-injection, it is easier to implement than a VED. It is important to find a good urologist who is well versed in training men to use injection therapy. With proper instruction, injection therapy can restore erections to pretty much any man. 3:34 MUSE. If men cannot tolerate needles and injection therapy, there is another option that works very well in a small percentage of men. MUSE is a little pellet that is inserted into the urethra. Experts say that men who can get partial erections on a pill, are likely to have good results with MUSE. 4:28 Penile Prosthesis. For men who don’t get results with any of the previous options can consider a prosthetic implant into the penis. Generally, the majority of people who undergo the procedure are satisfied with the results. This is an involved operation, so if one is considering going this route, they will want to find a urologist who is an expert in this procedure. 5:28 Summary. Doctors take a stepwise approach to dealing with incontinence, beginning with pills, moving on to VEDs and injection therapy, and on to penile implants. Who we are: The Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to helping you research your treatment options. We understand that you have many questions, and we can help you find the answers that are specific to your case. All of our resources are designed by a multidisciplinary team of advocates and expert physicians, for patients. We believe that by educating yourself about the disease, you will have more productive interactions with your medical professionals and receive better individualized care. Feel free to explore our website or call our free helpline  at 1 (800) 641-7274 with any question that you have. Our Federal Tax ID # is 95-4617875 and qualifies for maximum charitable gift deductions by individual donors.
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