WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - It takes a few seconds for Larry Wolfe to even say the words, referring to his side effects from prostate cancer treatments.
"In the area of impotence and incontinence," he said hesitantly.
Wolfe's hesitation to say the words speaks to most men's fears that prostate cancer causes impotence.
While prostate cancer does not cause erectile dysfunction, treatments for the disease can.
Those treatments include:
Surgery to remove the entire prostate gland
Wolfe says recently diagnosed men should know prostate cancer does not mean the end of their sex lives.
"There are treatments for it that can help alleviate a lot of it, but, I mean, there's no question it is a part of it," Wolfe said.
Wolfe was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2011, and again in 2014.
Seven years after his first diagnosis, he's now considered cancer-free and says he's back to living a full life, working, and vacationing with his wife.
If there's any question about what prostate cancer has done to his manhood, just ask the group of guys he works out with regularly.
"I can out deadlift any of them, so I feel real good about that," he said with a smile. "There are side effects but when I look at what other types of cancers and the side effects that they have from that, I feel pretty fortunate."
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