There are nerves called cavernous nerves (CN) that controls the erection of the penis. These nerves are attached to the prostate gland. During the removal of a cancerous prostate gland the nerves could be spared or removed. This depends on how far the cancer has grown. If cancer grows outside of the prostate gland, the surgeon will remove the nerves along with the prostate gland. This removal of the nerves will cause a huge impact on the future of a normal erection.
*Early detection is the key. Please read below about nerve sparing.
What nerves are spared in prostatectomy?
What Is Nerve-Sparing Prostatectomy? Tiny bundles of nerves on either side of your prostate control your erections. If your tumor is tangled around these nerves, your doctor may not be able to cut it out without cutting the nerves.
How long does it take for nerves to heal after prostate surgery?
Nearly all men will experience some erectile dysfunction for the first few months after prostate cancer treatment. However, within one year after treatment, nearly all men with intact nerves will see a substantial improvement.
At the age of 38, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. As you can imagine, I was in disbelief when the doctor informed me that I had cancer. Before my cancer diagnosis, all I ever heard from several different doctors was, “You are too young for prostate cancer.” They kept repeating, “Your prostate gland is inflamed, and you have Chronic Prosthetics.” They were eager to say, “Take this pill.” For years I was experiencing a burning sensation when I would urinate and pain in the area of my upper thigh. After several doctor appointments, a rising PSA, and several prostate gland checks, I was told again, “You are too young for prostate cancer.” Once my PSA was at 4.12, my doctor scheduled me for a biopsy. Eight out of the ten tissue samples from my prostate biopsy came back positive. Eighty percent of my prostate gland was affected with cancer, and on December 4, 2014, I had my prostate removed with robotic surgery.
After my surgery and my return to work (back on the beat), I was made aware of several other officers who had or have prostate cancer. Unfortunately, I would learn we were all around the same age; I just happened to be the youngest. As law enforcement officers, all of us were dealing with issues, as a result of prostate cancer and/or issues from the surgery. Nobody was talking about it, and that’s when Blue Vs. Blue was born.