Men who have prostate cancer surgery are more likely to retain the ability to reach orgasm if the procedure leaves certain nerves untouched.
This is the main conclusion from a new report from researchers at Cornell University in New York, which assessed the 408 patients who received robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy.
Lead author of the study Dr Ashutosh Tewari, director of the Prostate Cancer Institute at the educational establishment, said: "91 per cent of men retained the same orgasmic function after surgery if the nerves on both sides were cancer free and we were able to spare them."
He added that this may influence doctors and patients when making decisions about the treatment of prostate tumours in the future, as it has been noted that open prostatectomy can often damage these pelvic nerves.
The findings could be significant, as the cancer is the most common form of the disease among men in the UK, states Cancer Research UK.