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Care that is tailored for gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer

Chicago has opened a urology clinic that is focused on the care of gay and bisexual men. This clinic is able to address unique problems that were not addressed for a long time.

What you should know:

  • How bisexual and gay males experience the symptoms of prostate cancer -which include urinary incontinence, erectile dysfunction and diminished libido and loss of ejaculate- differs from the experience of straight people, particularly in psychological and emotional impact.

  • Northwestern Medicine’s Gay and Bisexual Men’s Urology Program began accepting patients in August.

  • Channa Amarasekera MD, the program’s director said that urologists have reported receiving less than five hours of training in the treatment of bisexual and gay patients. On the other hand, gay patients being treated for prostate cancer have said that their sexual satisfaction was not taken into account in a sufficient manner.

  • According to Amarasekera, asking patients the right questions and counseling them on the results of treatment is essential for them to be able to make informed decisions regarding their treatment.

  • Leaders of the program are hopeful that it will be a model for similar programs to be launched across the country.

This is a summary from the article “In Chicago, A New Approach to Gay And Bisexual men suffering from Prostate Cancer,” published in The New York Times on December 7. The full article is available on nytimes.com.

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