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Sexual potency after prostate cancer treatment

Dr. J. W. Robinson reported a study (at the 42nd Annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology) of the ability of men, treated for early prostate cancer, to maintain an ercetion after therapy. Men who had been treated by radiation therapy were more likely to be able to maintain an erectionthan those treated by radical prostatectomy. 76% of patients treated by brachytherapy maintained erectile function at one year, whereas 68% of patients treated by radical external beam radiotherapy, 58% of patients treated by nerve sparing radical prostatectomy, and only 14% of those treated by cryotherapy - maintained such sexual potency.