One of the most common and frustrating side effects of prostate surgery is urinary incontinence. It affects about half of all patients who undergo surgery, interfering with social, work and sexual life. The most common type of incontinence patients will experience is stress incontinence (postprostatetecomy incontinence), where leakage occurs whenever the individual exerts physical energy, such as laughing, coughing and lifting heavy objects. Other urinary symptoms may include sudden urges to urinate, frequent urination, slow urinary stream and difficulty emptying the bladder.
The good news is that bladder functional usually improves gradually. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently released the guidelines below to help prostate cancer survivors improve their quality of life and transition back into everyday life. Primary care physicians are recommended to:
In addition to guidelines on improving urinary function, the report also provided suggestions on how to help prostate cancer survivors manage distress and depression, improve sexual intimacy, exercise right and eat well. Click here to read more.