- The advent of effective oral pharmacotherapy for erectile dysfunction (ED) signified the modern era of clinical management of this condition. Albeit a critical piece of this new paradigm, the relevance of sexual function questionnaires is often overlooked despite their indispensable use by which new therapies have come to be evaluated and accepted. So goes the storyline hailing the launch of sildenafil, which occurred in conjunction with the construction of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) questionnaire in the mid 1990s.
- For patients faced with a prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment decision making unsurprisingly considers quality of life aspects. This matter is particularly relevant for this disease state in which possibly adverse effects of treatment may rival the impact, in terms of life fulfillment, presented by the disease threat itself. This realization is not new for prostate cancer, and specialists in this field have long debated the best strategies for management of this disease with the least likelihood of complications.