Newswire (Published: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 12:51:00 AM CST, Received: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 1:26:35 AM CST)

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London - Patches made from human placenta could prevent men becoming impotent following prostate cancer surgery.

The patches are wrapped around key nerves before the cancer is removed to prevent incontinence and erectile dysfunction, which can occur in up to seven in ten men undergoing the surgery.

Pilot studies suggest that growth hormones and other repair cells in the tissue, donated by mothers having Caesarean deliveries, protect the nerves and aid recovery after surgery.

Around 40 000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. The most common treatment is a radical prostatectomy, which involves surgically removing the prostate gland, which sits between the bladder and the penis.

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Health and Wellness
      Medical Conditions and Diseases
            Cancer
                  Prostate Cancer
            Men's Health Issues
                  Prostate Cancer
      Medical Specialties and Practices
            Surgery
      Treatments and Therapies
            Surgery