They also lose the ability to ejaculate (though they can still orgasm), and sometimes they express some urine during ejaculation. The most devastating part of all this is when patients and their partners aren’t fully prepared for these side effects.“This week in my practice, I had a 50-year-old guy with tears in his eyes. You can’t mope around.”That attitude is hard for many to adopt, especially younger men.Wearing only stretchy blue briefs, David Fuehrer posed for the camera with one beefy arm flexed over his head, the other clenched in front of his chest.
”Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over half a million American lives each year.He said, ‘If I'd known it would be like this, I wouldn’t have done it,’” says Dr. When Fuehrer was diagnosed with testicular cancer at 25, he had an orchiectomy to remove one of his testicles.John Mulhall, director of the Male Sexual and Reproductive Medicine Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City. He recovered and got married at 28, but two years later, he was diagnosed with a different form of testicular cancer and needed another orchiectomy, followed by radiation and hormone therapies. RELATED: A new theory on cancer—what we know about how it starts could be wrong“I don’t blame her. Those are heavy things to face when all of your friends are having babies, getting promotions and buying BMWs.”Tamika Felder knew what cancer patients looked like: old, sickly, bald, drugged up.There are also the emotional ramifications patients, their partners and families endure.At least 60 percent of cancer survivors suffer from long-term sexual problems, and fewer than 20 percent get the help they need to lead fulfilling sex lives, says Leslie Schover, a clinical psychologist who’s one of the pioneers in helping cancer survivors navigate sexual health and fertility.