BLOG: Guest blog from Change Delivery Manager, Steven Rowntree. He’s leading a project to make sure men with problems getting or keeping an erection after treatment get the support they need.
When Robin Stanton-Gleaves was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 46, it was the potential impact of treatment on his sex life that he found the most traumatic. Robin talks candidly about what he did to get erections back after prostate cancer surgery and how his experience inspired him to create a prostate roadshow to tell his mainly male workforce about the disease. Read his story.
BLOG: In this guest blog, Jim Peters, a veteran prostate cancer blogger, talks openly about his first experience of using injections to help him get an erection after prostate cancer surgery. Be prepared for graphic detail.
We’ve teamed up with Macmillan to publish guidelines that will help health professionals support men who have trouble getting or keeping an erection after prostate cancer treatment. These are an important tool to help men know what they can ask their doctor or specialist nurse for and when.
This week EastEnders’ Stan Carter has revealed that he has advanced prostate cancer. And he's been keeping it secret from his family for a long time. We’ve been working closely with the show’s writers to advise on the detail and accuracy of the storyline. We really believe this story will make more men aware of the disease and we hope many will want to find out more. So here we address some of the questions Stan’s story may raise for anyone watching the show.
You may have seen this headline splashed across the papers today, but is the research it’s based on enough to suggest men should change their behavior? To put it bluntly, we don’t think so.
In May 2013, Fitz Lawson, a youth support worker from Milton Keynes, had a huge shock when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 54. Having lost his father to the disease and with two grown up sons, Fitz understands the importance of research in helping to find out why Black men are more at risk of prostate cancer. He explains what he’s doing to get more Black men involved in research to stop the disease ‘wreaking havoc’ in the community.
If you’ve had treatment for prostate cancer or an enlarged prostate you may have experienced the side effect of leaking urine (incontinence). If so, you probably know it can really affect things like self-esteem and independence as well as work life, sex life and social life. One thing many men find useful in managing incontinence is practicing pelvic floor muscle exercises. Here we talk you through getting to grips with your pelvic floor.
New research, reported by the BBC claims that ‘prostate cancer may be a sexually transmitted disease caused by a common yet often silent infection passed on during intercourse.’ The research from The University of California was reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and tested human prostate cells in the lab.
A lot of men ask us what their sex life will be like after prostate cancer treatment. Here Lorraine Grover, a clinical nurse therapist in sexual wellbeing, answers some of the most frequently asked questions.