Prostate Cancer Recovery & Support

At NYU Langone’s Smilow Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Center, our doctors, therapists, and other experts are committed to supporting men and their families throughout diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from prostate cancer. Our specialists offer a full range of supportive services tailored to you to make the treatment process as comfortable and accommodating as possible.

Sexual Rehabilitation After Surgery

Despite the best efforts of surgeons and radiation oncologists, many men experience some decrease in erectile function after prostate cancer surgery. The extent and duration of erectile dysfunction depends on many factors, such as age, the level of function before treatment, and whether the nerves controlling erectile function were injured.

Our goal at NYU Langone is to help you minimize the extent and duration of any post-treatment dysfunction. Our specialists conducted the first study showing that daily administration of a phosphodiesterase inhibitor, a group of medications that include sildenafil (Viagra®) and tadalafil (Cialis®), can help to restore erectile function.

Your doctor can recommend medication and assistive devices, such as an erection device or penile prosthesis, that can help you to resume sexual activity within six weeks of prostate cancer surgery, if you and your partner are so motivated. Our sexual rehabilitation specialist works with you and your partner to develop the best plan for you.

Integrative Medicine Care

NYU Langone’s integrative medicine specialists are highly experienced in using natural therapies to aid in the management of prostate cancer. Our team sees men during all stages of treatment, including those who choose active surveillance, those who have had surgery, and those who are returning for a second course of treatment.

Because no single treatment plan is right for all men, our doctors work with you to determine a course of action that best fits your personal situation. Integrative therapies can include mind–body counseling, stress management counseling, and acupuncture, which is the insertion of fine needles at specific anatomical points to provide balance and relieve pain, as practiced for thousands of years by Chinese medicine practitioners.


NYU Langone urologists understand that erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment can cause anxiety or embarrassment. Your doctor can refer you to an NYU Langone psychotherapist for additional support.

Your sexual partner may be asked to join you in therapy to address any concerns you both may have about the effects of erectile dysfunction on intimacy.

Prostate Cancer Support Groups

Support groups are available at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center to help men adjust to life during and after treatments for prostate cancer.

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