Prostate Cancer: Erectile Dysfunction (cont.)
How Effective Is Injection Therapy with Each Type of Treatment?
If Viagra and other oral drugs fail, injections into the penis can be an effective form of treatment for men who have undergone surgery or who have received radiation therapy (whether by external beam or seed implants) for prostate cancer.
Overall, 60% to 80% of men will regain erections with the use of injection treatments. Side effects include occasional pain due to one of the medicines used for injection therapy, and the development of scar tissue.
What About Other Treatments?
If Viagra and injections fail (or if you are unwilling or unable to use either therapy), other treatments may be appropriate.
Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Urological Institute.
WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic
SOURCES: American Cancer Society. Muse (alprostadil) package insert. American Urological Association.
Last Editorial Review: 12/1/2006 3:44:26 PM
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