Managing the Impact of Prostate Cancer Treatments on Sexual Function and Intimacy
Living with prostate cancer can affect many aspects of a person’s life including sexuality, sexual functioning and personal relationships.
Studies have shown that treatments for prostate cancer may cause sexual changes that can reduce the quality of life for patients and their partners. These changes can be a difficult for many men who already have a lifetime of sexual experience and have continuing expectations. Changes may occur to urinary continence, sexual self-esteem, libido, penile functioning, orgasm, and ejaculation. To help adapt to these changes, prostate cancer patients and their partners may need to adjust their sexual expectations and activities.
For these reasons we provide an information session to help newly diagnosed or newly treated men and their partners learn about strategies to manage sexual side effects, and to ask questions. Our Sexual Health Clinicians — Rehabilitation Nurses specializing in sexual health and chronic illness — present this 90 minute session.
This session is held monthly at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC (across from Vancouver General Hospital).
As part of our program, there is also an opportunity for patients (either alone or with their partner) to have a confidential appointment with the Sexual Health Clinician to develop their personal Sexual Health Rehabilitation Action Plan (SHRAP) for their sexual adjustment post prostate cancer treatment. There is also a Couple’s Intimacy Workshop available for interested couples to attend.
We encourage individuals to participate in this module. Being proactive before and after prostate cancer treatments will help optimize your sexual function, sexual self-esteem and partner intimacy.
*To book an appointment with the Sexual Health Clinician a referral form is required. Please download the form here and ask your doctor to complete it.
As a module of the Vancouver Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program, we offer an information session, clinical appointments and a Couple’s Intimacy Workshop, all of which focus on managing the sexual consequences of prostate cancer treatments and helping individuals with the sexual adaptation process.
This session is designed to:
- Add to one’s current understanding of sexual health and sexuality.
- Inform you about the possible sexual changes caused by prostate cancer treatments.
- Introduce penile and sexual rehabilitation
- Begin to review the efficacy, pros and cons of various management options for sexual changes in a positive way.