Welcome, Mark. I'm glad that you've joined us on the Prostate Cancer forum. Initially, I had no indication that I had prostate cancer. No symptoms, nothing palpable during DRE, PSA in normal range. The only thing that sent me on for further evaluation was a quadrupling of my PSA in one year. Even with that, the urologist told me that there was only a 10% to 15% chance that cancer was present when he performed the biopsy.
My urologist was upfront and honest about the side-effects of two treatments for prostate cancer, brachytherapy and surgery. My problem was that reading about post-treatment side effects and experiencing them are two different things. When I regained continence relatively soon after surgery, I was very optimistic about ED.
At the 1 1/2 year mark post-surgery, I still require assistance (I use injections) in order to continue to consummate my marriage. But we're hanging in there, and continue to hope to be able to function sexually for a long time, assisted or not.
I look forward to your participation here. Take care and hang in there...Tim