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Title: Sexual and marital relationships after radiotherapy for seminoma

Questionnaires on sexual function, marital status, and fertility were returned by 84 men who received radiotherapy for seminoma (Stage I, II, or III). The mean length of follow-up was ten years. Although 93 per cent were married, 19 per cent had low rates of sexual activity, 12 per cent reported low sexual desire, 15 per cent had erectile dysfunction, 10 per cent had difficulty reaching orgasm, and 14 per cent had premature ejaculation. The most common problems were reduced intensity of orgasm (33%) and reduced semen volume (49%). Twenty-one men remained childless, and 30 per cent of men worried at least occasionally about infertility. Thirteen children were conceived after cancer therapy. The data suggest that sexual dysfunction and infertility are important concerns for a subgroup of men treated for seminoma.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5843255
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Urology (Ridgewood, N.J.); (United States); Journal Volume: 2
Research Org:
Univ. of Texas M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
63 RADIATION, THERMAL, AND OTHER ENVIRON. POLLUTANT EFFECTS ON LIVING ORGS. AND BIOL. MAT.; MEN; BEHAVIOR; RADIOTHERAPY; SIDE EFFECTS; FERTILITY; NEOPLASMS; SOCIAL IMPACT; SURVEYS; TESTES; ANIMALS; BODY; DISEASES; GONADS; MALE GENITALS; MALES; MAMMALS; MAN; MEDICINE; NUCLEAR MEDICINE; ORGANS; PRIMATES; RADIOLOGY; THERAPY; VERTEBRATES 560151* -- Radiation Effects on Animals-- Man