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neurovascular bundles

[nur-o-VAS-kyu-lur] groups of nerves and blood vessels that run together. In men, bundles of nerves and vessels run along each side of the prostate and help the penis become erect. Removal or injury of these bundles during surgery, or damage from radiation therapy, can lead to impotence. Women also have these bundles, which run along both sides of the vagina and affect erectile tissue in the genital area. See also impotence, nerve-sparing prostatectomy, prostate.

Cancer Glossary

... a man's ability to have erections by leaving in the neurovascular bundles that
control that function. See also neurovascular bundle, prostate, radical ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerglossary/index.aspx?letter=n

Cancer Glossary

... See also neurovascular bundles, nerve-sparing prostatectomy, perineum,
prostate, radical prostatectomy, retropubic prostatectomy, testicles. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancerglossary/index.aspx?letter=r

References: Prostate cancer detailed guide

... Sexual function following radical prostatectomy: Influence of preservation
of neurovascular bundles. J Urol. 1991;145:998-1002. ...

http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-references

Prostate Cancer

... prostate, the surgeon will pay close attention to the 2 tiny bundles of nerves ...
If neither nerve bundle is removed you may be able to function normally ...

http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003134-pdf.pdf

Cáncer de próstata

Page 1. Cáncer de próstata ¿Qué es el cáncer? El cuerpo está
compuesto por millones de millones de células vivas. Las ...

http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002319-pdf.pdf

Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer

... Women have 2 nerve bundles, which run along each side of the vagina, and
it's easy to damage these nerve bundles when removing the front of ...

http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/002912-pdf.pdf