Sexual Function after Colon Cancer Surgery

What changes will there be to my sexual function after colon cancer surgery?

sexual function after colon cancer surgeryWorried about your sexual function after colon cancer surgery? You may not need to fret too much. Colon cancer surgery can affect sexual function, but each case is different. Often, colon cancer patients get confused by renal cancer information. They are not the same thing. Sexual function is often impaired after renal cancer surgery, but not as much after colon cancer surgery. Dr. Barry Feig discusses sexual function after colon cancer surgery in this video. Talk to your doctor about your risk for sexual function impairment to learn more about your specific condition.

Video Transcripts

Barry Feig, MD: The source of potential confusion is that the sexual function especially in men can be affected by rectal cancer surgery. Rectal cancer surgery because it is low in the pelvis can interfere with, can create sexual dysfunction problems in men. It is not a consistent finding but it is often. And often, if you are having rectal surgery, one needs to talk to the surgeon that is doing the surgery, so they know the risk of potential sexual dysfunction that could be created by rectal surgery. Often times, the patients confuse rectal and colon cancer surgery and some of the information from rectal cancer surgery is applicable to colon cancer, but I think the issue of sexual dysfunction is not something that crosses over into colon cancer surgery.

Barry Feig
Dr. Barry Feig is a surgeon in Houston, Texas and is affiliated with University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for 30 years. He is one of 48 doctors at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center who specialize in Surgery.
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