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Erectile Restoration clinical trial for Gay and Bisexual men now open

The Restore Study – a clinical trial for gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer who wish to restore their erections and/or urine control. Sign up for more information at: malecare.org/restore

An NIH/NCI funded clinical trial conducted by researchers from Malecare and the University of Minnesota. YOU CAN LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE USA TO PARTICIPATE. The "materials" are sent to you and follow-up is done remotely.

Doctors don’t know what will work for gay and bisexual with prostate cancer, because there are no evidence based studies. Our study will change that.

Three ways we’re improving prostate cancer treatment for gay and bisexual men:

1. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MsM) with documented disparities, yet it suffers a poverty of research. There are 614 studies focused on heterosexual men but their findings may not generalize to gay and bisexual men with prostate cancer. We have created an evidence-based study to understand best practices with the gay and bisexual patients.

2. We are studying a new MsM focused rehabilitation program including both urinary and sexual function.

3. Most prostate cancer studies have focused on men recently treated for prostate cancer. We’re studying men from a broad treatment timeline.

Our randomized control trial will identify whether a structured rehabilitation program is effective in addressing the major sexual and urinary problems caused by prostate cancer treatment. We hope our study will improve sexual and urinary rehabilitation for MsM with prostate cancer by creating an evidence based set of interventions.

The RESTORE study is open to United States residents who are Gay, Bisexual or other men who have sex with men and have been treated for prostate cancer. These men are having difficulty with urinary and or sexual functioning.

If you match these criteria and would consider being part of the study, please sign up at malecare.org/restore . We’ll be in touch with you by late April, 2019. Please help by spreading word about this first-of-its-kind clinical trial for our community.

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Hi, this might be a stupid question, but why is ED from prostate cancer different in gay men vs heterosexual men?

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Thank you for your question. No question is "stupid." The causes of prostate cancer related erectile dysfunction are not different. We are testing a way to treat ED which may indeed be more effective for gay men then the current modalities.

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Hi Darryl, I had a penile implant in Nov 2017. I had my prostate removed in 2015. I deeply appreciate this study as I had no options having exhausted the others (progressive from pills to trimex) - none worked. Gay men need to be studied too. Even with a penile implant I don't get as hard as before prostate removal. And gay men need to be more rigid to be able to have successful intercourse. Again, thanks

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I’m currently considering a penile implant. Would you mind me asking which type you got? The malleable type has been recommended for me and not the one that you pump up. This is because I had a lot of complications following surgery last year.

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I have a three piece inflatable Colorplast...its what my surgeon at the University of Maryland Med Center suggested and he does about 400+ annually. It works pretty well and is the one I found best from research before my surgeon suggested.

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That was the one I had in mind but the surgeon does not recommend it for me because I developed sepsis, DVT/PE and pools of lymphatic fluid after surgery plus I’m a diabetic. He will only consider the Genesis which is the non inflatable type. It’s two flexible rods that you bend into place for sex. I have been looking but can’t find anyone who had it done.

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