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J Sex Marital Ther. 2011;37(2):130-44. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2011.560538.

A biopsychosocial approach to sexual recovery after prostate cancer surgery: the role of grief and mourning.

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  • 1Department of Urology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA. dwittman@med.umich.edu

Abstract

Erectile dysfunction is a common side-effect of prostate cancer surgery that causes men suffering and hinders their sexual recovery. There are studies that describe men's and partners' distress and couples' difficulties engaging in sexual recovery. A few studies show a short-term benefit of brief psycho-social interventions such as psychoeducation and counseling. However, there is no conceptual framework to guide psychosocial treatments. We propose a model of intervention in sexual recovery that incorporates grief and mourning as a gateway to new and satisfying sexuality after prostate cancer treatment.

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