Prostate Cancer Treatment Affects Penile Length

by Medindia Content Team on  January 12, 2007 at 12:00 PM Cancer News   - G J E 4
Prostate Cancer Treatment Affects Penile Length
Length of the penis is significantly reduced in patients who undergo radiation treatment along with hormone therapy for Prostate cancer.

This has been found by a study conducted by Dr Ahmet Haliloglu at the University of Ankara in Turkey. Forty seven patients who were suffering from local or locally advanced prostate cancer were taken for this study.

These patients were studied over a period of 5 years when they were receiving three doses of leuprolide or goserelin injections once in three months. Then they were given radiation therapy.

Their penises were measured before and after the treatment. The length of the penis was shortened by almost forty percent of the original. They suffered from erectile dysfunction.

The study is the first of its kind to report changes in the length of the penis after treatment of prostate cancer. He also feels that the patients should be fully informed before initiating the study for prostate cancer.

Source: Medindia

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Your article on penile shrinkage in men receiving hormonal treatment for prostate cancer is most appreciated. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, and I am currently on casodex and lupron. I was circumcised at birth, and the first indications that my penis was shrinking was seeing the shaft of my penis coming closer to the head of the penis. I had to raise the issue twice with my health care givers, before I was told it was the treatment that was causing this. There is a definite need that this additional side affect is conveyed to men. I had to use drastic means to get answers, including asking one of my health care givers if he was circumcised, just to have some kind of knowledge that he understood what I was expressing. It turned out, other male patients were also experiencing this to him, but no one tells them, nor is it mentioned in publications on prostate cancer.
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