Guidelines for Managing Incontinence after Prostate Surgery

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:

Celebrating National Men’s Health Week 2014

This week is a special time to celebrate the men in your life. National Men’s Health Week focuses on raising awareness of men’s health issues and encouraging early detection and treatment of diseases in men.

One of the most common diseases in men, and also the second leading cause of death in American men, is prostate cancer. Risk factors for prostate cancer include:

  • Older age – The chances of developing prostate cancer increases rapidly after the age of 50.
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Prostate Cancer Awareness during Movember

Movember 2013If you’re wondering why men have stopped shaving this month, it’s probably because they’re celebrating Movember, a 30-day charity campaign dedicated to raising awareness for men’s health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer.

Movember started back in 2003 in Australia. The founders were inspired to create a movement to fight male cancer and mental illness by growing mustaches, or a “mo”. These ‘Mo Bros’ are then encouraged to get friends, co-workers, and others to donate funds for more medical research. This movement is now a global event, with charities and fundraisers from all parts of the world, including the UK, Canada, Spain, and Ireland. The Movember campaign raised $147 million globally in 2012. Continue reading

Treating Incontinence after Prostate Surgery

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer (after skin cancer) among men. Murray Hill, a columnist for The StarPhoenix, had his prostate removed in April. One of the unfortunate side effects of prostate surgery is urinary incontinence – something Hill has been learning to manage with his everyday life. In his most recent blog post, Hill provides an honest, at times comical, account of his experience with incontinence post-surgery. Here are some tips I’ve gathered from his post, that you or your loved one may find helpful in regaining bladder control after prostate surgery:

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