In addition to providing services to enhance men’s sexual health, our caring team supports cancer patients at the University of Chicago Medicine’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Specifically, we are dedicated to improving erectile, urinary and reproductive health in men with:
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
At UChicago Medicine, we also offer the most advanced, minimally invasive surgeries for prostate cancer, as well as other treatment options for men with early stage disease.
Help for Cancer Survivors
Treatment for prostate cancer and some other types of cancer can have unwanted side effects, such as urinary incontinence or erectile dysfunction. If you suffer from these challenges, our team is available to help. We can provide:
- Penile implants (penile prosthesis) for erectile dysfunction
- Male sling and artificial urinary sphincters and other anti-incontinence procedures
We also can provide additional treatments to improve your quality of life, including:
- Sexual and penile rehabilitation after prostate surgery
- Psychotherapy from a certified sex therapist
- Pelvic floor therapy, a specialized type of physical therapy that can help men with bladder and sexual dysfunction after surgery or radiation therapy for prostate cancer
We have decades of experience helping cancer survivors with these issues, and we can develop an individualized treatment plan that fits your lifestyle.
If you are a cancer survivor who is looking to build a family, we can also help you address fertility issues related to your treatment.
Cancer Risk Reduction for Men
We offer cancer screenings for men, including PSA blood tests that can help diagnose prostate cancer.
Although most cancers in men are not hereditary, some men may carry genes that put them at risk for cancers of the prostate or breast. We can help you identify if you carry these genes and develop a plan to reduce your risk for these hereditary cancers.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, benign prostatic hyperplasia does not cause or turn into prostate cancer. However, both conditions can co-exist and become more common as men get older.
Although prostate cancer does not directly cause ED, treatments like hormone therapy, radiation and surgery can lead to ED in men. Fortunately, there are many treatment options for prostate cancer patients and survivors to regain their ability to have and sustain erections.
When you come to the Men’s Wellness Clinic, we can consider all the factors that may contribute to your ED and develop a treatment plan that addresses these various issues.
A penile prothesis, also known as a penile implant, can help men regain their sexual function after a prostatectomy (surgery for prostate cancer), radiotherapy or hormonal treatment. These procedures have very high success and satisfaction rates for men and their partners.
The most sophisticated options are inflatable implants, which also tend to be preferred by patients. During this procedure, the doctor will place a thin tube along the length of the penis and a small “balloon” with fluid inside the abdomen, as well as small “pump” inside the scrotum. When the man wants an erection, he presses the pump in his scrotum, which causes fluid to move from the balloon in his abdomen down the tube in his penis, causing an erection.
If you are a candidate, you may be able to have an implant a few months after your prostatectomy or radiotherapy.
This minimally invasive procedure (also known as a urethral sling) or artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) can help men who have stress urinary incontinence after prostate cancer treatment. During this procedure, the surgeon will place mesh-like material or mechanically controlled cuff around the urethra, which helps it to stay closed to reduce leakage.
Most men report positive results after the procedure, which can help them regain control of their lives.
Pelvic floor therapy can help men with erectile dysfunction, pelvic pain, urinary incontinence or other urological symptoms.
Pelvic floor therapy begins with an external evaluation, which involves looking at muscles in your spine, abdomen, hips and other parts of your body. Depending on the issue, a rectal exam can help a physical therapist understand the cause of pain or other problems. But we understand if you are not ready for an internal exam at first. You are in control of your body, and we let you set the pace for your treatment.
Solutions might include breathing exercises combined with biofeedback, which can help men learn to relax their pelvic floor muscles. Soft tissue massage and dry needling (similar to acupuncture) can help ease tense muscles. Specific exercises can also help strengthen your muscles, if needed.
Sarah Macaraeg, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS
Jennifer Martin, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES
Urology Physician Assistant
Moshe Bedziner, PA-C
You can also schedule an appointment instantly for in-person and video visits through our online scheduling portal.
The information you provide will enable us to assist you as efficiently as possible. A representative will contact you within one to two business days to help you schedule an appointment.
To speak to someone directly, please call 1-888-824-0200. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.
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