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Restoring Intimacy after Prostate Cancer; Dr. Daniel Watter with Morris Psychological Group Offers Tips for Patients and their Partners
Date:7/31/2014

Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

A cancer diagnosis is crushing and treatment is often harrowing. Yet millions of people survive cancer and resume normal lives. This is particularly true of prostate cancer which, according to the American Cancer Society, will affect one in seven American men but which when detected early, as 80% of prostate cancers are, has a five-year survival rate of nearly 100% and a ten-year survival rate of 99%. Prostate cancer is a serious illness but most men diagnosed with the disease do not die from it. There are 2.5 million men alive in the U.S. today who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives.

“After the ordeal of diagnosis and treatment, men and their partners look forward to life returning to normal,” says clinical psychologist and relationship specialist Dr. Daniel Watter of Morris Psychological Group, “and indeed it does in many respects. But most men treated for prostate cancer suffer a disruption in either libido or sexual function – or both – that may be temporary or may be long-lasting. It's important for the couple to communicate openly with each other and with his medical team both before treatment to be prepared for possible side effects and after treatment to adjust to the physical and emotional impact on their relationship.”

Most early-stage prostate cancers are treated in one of three ways: surgery to remove the prostate gland, radiation from an external beam, or radioactive seed implants. The choice of treatment is based on several factors including overall health, the size and location of the tumor, and considerat
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