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Does radiation therapy for prostate cancer cause erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Erectile dysfunction is a common side effect of radiation therapy for prostate cancer. This side effect may also stem from the surgery itself. Unfortunately, radiation treatment is not precise enough to destroy only cancer cells. It often damages cells nearby, including cells in the nerves that carry signals to the penis causing an erection. Talk to your doctor about possible treatments.

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