Harvard Perspectives on Prostate Disease

A patient's story: A health campaign

How one man was able to maintain his sex life "" and other aspects of his physical and mental health "" during and after treatment for prostate cancer

Mr. Williams is a successful business owner in his mid-60s, happily married for the second time, with two grown sons from a first marriage.* In the summer of 2004, he felt terrific personally and professionally. Then a routine annual exam revealed an elevated PSA level. Mr. Williams consulted with a urologist and underwent further physical exams and testing, including a biopsy "" which revealed that he had prostate cancer.

*Editor's note: To maintain his privacy, Mr. Williams' name and some biographical details have been changed. All medical details are as reported. In keeping with editorial policy, physicians who have cared for Mr. Williams are not named.

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