CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: Dec. 12, 2000
EDITORS: This release can be used anytime THROUGH JAN. 7, 2001
Study seeks men with erectile dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Men with erectile dysfunction following removal of their
prostate gland for treatment of prostate cancer are invited to a participate
in a University of Iowa Health Care Study to test the effectiveness of a new
medication, similar to Viagra, in treating erectile dysfunction.
Participants must be age 18 and older and have their physician provide documentation
that they had a nerve-sparing treatment for their prostate gland removal.
Interested individuals must have had their prostate gland removed at least
six months prior to beginning the study and no more than five years ago. Participants
also must be in a stable, heterosexual relationship that has lasted for at
least six months.
In addition, participants must not have a history of heart disease, stroke
or diabetes, or have life-threatening arrhythmia or severe migraine headaches
within six months prior to the study. They also must not be taking more than
two medications for high blood pressure.
Participants will be asked to make a total of five monthly visits to the
UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, including an initial screening for
a physical exam, EKG test and blood work that will determine whether each
person fully qualifies for the study. The other visits will include EKG tests,
blood work, filling out quality-of-life questionnaires and reviewing the diary
each patient must keep on his sexual activity.
One-third of the participants will receive a placebo (sugar pill), while
all other participants will receive the study medication in one of two dosage
levels. Participants also will be compensated for each visit.
The study is being led by Richard Williams, M.D., Ruben H. Flocks Chair
and head of the UI Department of Urology. For more information contact, Mary
Eno, UI research associate in urology, at (319) 384-9265.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.