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Killing prostate cancer doesn't have to kill a man's sex life

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Posted at 7:53 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 20:53:33-04

25 News just ended a month dedicated to awareness and treatment of the number two killer of men in this country.

Only lung cancer kills more men than prostate cancer.

What's it like to go through diagnosis, treatment and recovery?

A central Texas man lives today because of how seriously he took the disease and the skill of his doctors.

Because the prostate plays a role men's sexual function, Curt Lancaster worried about it after getting his cancer diagnosis.

"Long as I can still have sex, yeah it's not a problem and yes I did worry about it."

But he learned he didn't necessarily have to.

Doctors say many patients resume normal sex lives with only minor changes.

"Up to 50 percent of patients or even a little bit more can resume normal sexual activity but it depends on what your previous or baseline sexual function was," said Dr. Dominic Nguyen, Radiation Oncology Specialist, Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest.

Curt Lancaster watched his father in law die because he didn't want to admit to having prostate cancer and deal with the issues that go with it.

In the process, Curt learned sex starts...in our minds.

"It's up here, you know? That's where a lot of it still resides. Down there's just the plumbing but it happens up here exactly," said Lancaster.

So if you're 50 to 55 or older, have a family history, or are African-American, you're going to want to pay special attention to your prostate.

"They're gonna wanna check for prostate cancer because it can sneak up on you and kill you. People who develop prostate cancer don't necessarily die from it."explained Dr. Preston Milburn, Urologist, Baylor Scott & White, Hillcrest.

They don't have to lose their sex lives either.

"There's apparently other things that involve surgery and you get a prescription for stuff and voila!" said Lancaster.

Now, we know who gets the most from those little blue or yellow pills