What are the treatment options for erectile dysfunction in men with prostate cancer?

Treatment options for patients who have undergone radical prostatectomy include:

  • Oral drug therapy (taken by mouth)
  • Drugs that are injected into the penis
  • Drugs in the forms of suppositories or pellets that are deposited in the urethra of the penis
  • A vacuum pump device, and
  • Surgery to insert penile implants or prostheses.

The success rates of any of these treatments depend on such factors as:

  • The type of surgery (nerve-sparing or non-nerve-sparing)
  • The age of the patient, and
  • Whether the patient received hormone therapy before surgery, or additional therapies such as radiation therapy before or after the surgery.

Also important is the level of the patient’s sexual function before the radical prostatectomy.