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Does surgery for rectum cancer cause ED?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Surgery for rectum cancer can cause erectile dysfunction. This surgery can make it hard for a man to get an erection for a couple of reasons. First, the surgery can damage nerves that send signals to cause an erection. The cancer may be in or around these nerves. Surgeons are working on ways to avoid these nerves during surgery. Second, the surgery can cause a man to become less interested in sex because of discomfort or concerns about sensitive areas near his penis.

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