Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the most common side effects of prostate cancer (PC) treatment and may lead to changes in a relationship. The aim of this study was to identify sexual and/or relational problems and to investigate what kind of supportive care is preferred by patients and their partners. A cross-sectional survey was performed among men diagnosed with PC enrolled in active surveillance or treated with laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, brachytherapy, intensity-modulated radiotherapy or hormonal therapy. If possible, partners were included as well. Out of 250 patients, 80,5% suffered from moderate to severe erectile complaints. Half of them (53,7%) was treated for ED and a great part was partially (30,7%) up to not satisfied (25,7%). Out of 168 partners, 50,6% found it difficult to cope with changes around sexuality. The majority of men (74,7%) preferred a standard consultation with a urologist-sexologist three months after treatment to discuss sexuality.

erectile dysfunction, partners, prostate cancer, sexual counseling, sexual dysfunction, sexual health care,
Tijdschrift voor Urologie

Grondhuis Palacios, L.A, Krouwel, E.M, den Oudsten, B.L, Den Ouden, M.E.M, Kloens, G.J, van Duijn, G. (Grethe), … Elzevier, H.W. (2018). Seksuele disfunctie en relatieproblemen na prostaatkankerbehandeling: De gewenste zorg vanuit het oogpunt van patiënt en partner. Tijdschrift voor Urologie, 8(1), 2–9. doi:10.1007/s13629-017-0172-5