Prostate Cancer and Urinary Incontinence
Movember is here! It’s the month of the year that is dedicated to raising awareness and much-needed funds from Men’s Health, with a particular focus on Prostate Cancer.
Here we address the link between Prostate Cancer & Urinary Incontinence; you’ll find out how to treat leakage quickly, efficiently & non-invasively post Prostate Cancer Surgery.
Did you know?
- There are 41,000+ cases of Prostate Cancer are reported each year
- 69% of Prostatectomy Patients will experience Urinary Incontinence post surgery
- 88% will still suffer from Urinary Incontinence at least 12 months after surgery
Prostate Cancer Surgery
The main type of Prostate Cancer Surgery is Radical Prostatectomy, where the surgeon removes the entire prostate gland as well as some of the surrounding tissue. Whilst surgery is a common treatment route for Prostate Cancer patients, there are two main side effects, Urinary Incontinence & Erectile Dysfunction.
Common Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Surgery
Urinary Incontinence is a bothersome complication of radical prostatectomy surgery, and studies have shown that it is experienced in as many as 69%2 of post-prostatectomy patients, with up to 88% of patients still suffering up to 1 year later3.
There are three types of male incontinence:
- Stress Incontinence
- Overflow Incontinence
- Urge Incontinence
Other common diseases that affect the prostate, and consequently urinary incontinence include
- BPH (Enlarged Prostate)
How long does it take to overcome incontinence after undergoing prostate cancer surgery?
A study showed that 88% of post-prostatectomy patients suffering from stress incontinence were still suffering up to 1 year later2.
However, as Post Prostate Cancer Surgery patients will experience different degrees of side effects, so do they recover from these side effects at variable rates. In most cases, the recovery time for Urinary Incontinence Post Prostate cancer surgery ranges from 6-12months in most cases7, with continence improving progressively up until 2 years post-surgery8.
Impact of Male Incontinence on Quality of Life
Depression and decreased quality of life have been found to co-occur in patients struggling with incontinence8. Fear of leaks in public and the required changes & limitations that incontinence has on daily life can have a big impact on well-being.
It can make such a difference to be able to carry out previously enjoyed activities, especially after going through the trauma of cancer. Whether it be golfing with friends, have a pint down at the pub, or going for your morning run, you can get back to normal life by treating Urinary Incontinence head on.
Treating Male Incontinence by Strengthening the Pelvic Floor
A common misconception is that men don’t have a pelvic floor, which isn’t the case! Like women, men also have a pelvic floor, which among other things, is responsible for bladder control. The pelvic floor is made up of a complex set pelvic floor muscles, which, when exercised, can be strengthened for greater control.
There are many ways to manage and treat incontinence in men Post Prostate Cancer surgery. Here we outline some of the preferred options:
Pelvic Floor Exercises (Kegel Exercises)
Pelvic Floor Stimulation (INNOVO® & Probes)
Visit our Movember page to find out more information about Prostate Cancer and Urinary Incontinence.
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