Testicular Cancer Survivors May Have Low Testosterone
New Research Discusses V-Neck Technique for Penile Implant Placement
Men who have survived testicular cancer may develop low testosterone and associated health conditions, such as erectile dysfunction (ED), high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, experts report.
At the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in June, researchers discussed their study of 491 testicular cancer survivors between the ages of 19 and 68 (median age 38). All had been treated with cisplatin chemotherapy.
They found that 38% had low testosterone, defined as serum testosterone at or below 300 ng/dL.
These men were also more likely to take medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, ED, diabetes, and anxiety or depression.
For more specifics on the study, please click here.
Inflatable penile prostheses (IPPs) are a popular option for men with erectile dysfunction (ED) who do not respond to (or cannot undergo) more conservative treatments like medication.
Unfortunately, the infra-pubic approach to IPP implantation sometimes results in a palpable, visible, and uncomfortable tubing configuration under the skin.
Our website's latest research summary describes an alternative approach called the V-neck technique, which was successful for the five men studied.
The paper was written by Bhavik B. Shah MD, et al. and published online in May in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. More details, including diagrams and photos of the technique, are available here.