Our patient education series are videos for patients dealing with Erectile Dysfunction (ED) produced by Katelaris Urology and feature Dr Katelaris as well as patients who have experience prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction. Online campaign in our YouTube channel and better visibility for interested audience are conducted by The Marketing Heaven.
In this video, David and Pam offer advice to other men and couples experiencing Erectile Dysfunction.
David and Pam Sandoe OAM, survived prostate cancer surgery and decided to have a penile prosthesis to restore their Quality of Life as a couple. David is a former National Chairman of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) and Pam Sandoe OAM is a former PCFA Prostate Cancer Support Group Co-Leader at Sydney Adventist Hospital, this is their ED story.
What advice would you give to a man or couple suffering from Erectile Dysfunction
Pam: Part of the process of going through erectile dysfunction, I think people need to understand that it is a couple’s issue. We’ve been married for 43 years now, but you’ve got to be able to talk about these things. Even though your surgeon or your GP might have spoken to you about the probability of there being erectile dysfunction, it’s put on the back burner until you overcome the cancer part of the journey. I think a lot of people just put it at the back of their minds and don’t openly speak about it until five or six weeks after, when the man is starting to come back to how he was before the operation. It’s just a process where he’s now feeling inclined that he wants to partake in sexual activity, and how do we go about that as a couple because we know now that nothing’s going to work unless we do something about it. We have a great need at that time to talk to our surgeon.
David: I think you’re right. This is really a couple’s issue. From our point of view, being married for so long, we’ve always been open communicators. It really is quite something to get diagnosed with a cancer and to have these side effects. You’ve really got to be open to one another. We’ve found that, in our experience, being open, Pam accompanying me to all of the appointments with medical specialists, that we’ve tackled this issue together. It gives me a lot of confidence, and I think it gives Pam a lot of confidence, that it’s made a difference being very open.
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