Penile prosthesis implantation is not generally recommended for men with a history of prostate cancer or other genitourinary cancers. This is because the surgery involves inserting a device into the penis, and there is a risk that the cancer could spread to the device. Additionally, the radiation therapy that is often used to treat prostate cancer can damage the tissues in the penis, making it difficult to implant a prosthesis.
However, there are some cases where penile prosthesis implantation may be considered for men with a history of prostate cancer. For example, if the cancer is in remission and the man has no other health problems, then the surgery may be an option. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to have a penile prosthesis implant is a personal one that should be made after careful consideration of the risks and benefits.
Here are some of the risks of penile prosthesis implantation for men with a history of prostate cancer:
- The cancer could spread to the device.
- The radiation therapy that was used to treat the cancer could damage the tissues in the penis, making it difficult to implant a prosthesis.
- There is a risk of infection.
- There is a risk of complications during surgery.
Penile prosthesis implantation can be a viable treatment option for men who have a history of prostate cancer or other genitourinary cancers, especially when these individuals experience erectile dysfunction (ED) as a result of cancer treatments or other factors. However, the suitability of penile prostheses should be carefully considered on a case-by-case basis. Here are some important points to keep in mind:
- Post-Cancer ED: Many men who undergo treatment for prostate cancer, such as surgery (prostatectomy) or radiation therapy, may experience ED as a side effect. In such cases, penile prosthesis implantation may be considered as a treatment option to address the ED.
- Evaluation: Before recommending penile prostheses, a thorough evaluation of the individual’s medical history, cancer treatment history, current health status, and ED severity is essential. The healthcare provider or urologist will assess whether the individual is a suitable candidate for the procedure.
- Timing: The timing of penile prosthesis implantation is a critical consideration. It is generally recommended to wait until a sufficient period of healing has occurred following cancer treatment to ensure that the cancer is effectively treated and stable.
- Other ED Treatments: Individuals with post-cancer ED should explore other available treatments for ED, such as oral medications (e.g., Viagra, Cialis), vacuum erection devices, or injectable medications, before considering penile prostheses. The choice of treatment depends on the individual’s specific situation and preferences.
- Consultation: Open and honest communication with a healthcare provider or urologist is crucial. The individual should discuss their treatment options, concerns, and goals, including any potential complications or risks associated with penile prosthesis implantation.
- Postoperative Care: Following penile prosthesis implantation, individuals should follow the postoperative care instructions provided by their healthcare provider. Proper care during the recovery period is essential for optimal outcomes.
- Counseling and Support: Some individuals may benefit from counseling or therapy to address the emotional and psychological aspects of adjusting to life after cancer treatment and coping with ED.