Prostate cancer

What an interesting day I had last week!  I have had Google Alerts set to keep me posted on articles about prostate cancer and sex—one of the ways in which I try to keep up with what’s being said out there in the world about this important issue—and last week I sat down to scan the last year’s worth of articles to see whether there was a pattern.

Last time, I reported on the 2013 World Prostate Cancer Congress at which I presented a paper.  The paper was a case study of a client who was diagnosed suddenly with prostate cancer which proved to be more advanced than could be dealt with by a routine prostatectomy.  Over the course of a year or so, this man had to deal with a range of treatment and emotional experiences.  He generously gave me permission to write about his story, and I decided, in the end, to do this in the form of a poem.

Melbourne becomes the centre of prostate cancer expertise for a week

The World Prostate Cancer Congress, just held in Melbourne, was a wonderful opportunity to catch up on the latest research, policy and practice relating to the treatment of prostate cancer.  The Congress attracted over 1,000 leaders in research and practice from over 30 countries.

I was checking news about prostate cancer on the internet last week and came across this post written by a man who’d been treated for prostate cancer:  “I am a victim of nerve damage.  It has been 17 years without sex.  Please help me.”

This is such an unnecessarily sad and painful response to the loss of erectile functioning.  The word “victim” signals an abandonment of hope and action, and the “17 years without sex” explains why.

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