Will my prostate cancer treatment cause incontinence?

Posted by David J. Cahn, MD on August 24, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Losing urinary control is a common fear when facing prostate cancer treatment. For some men, incontinence can seem worse than impotence (erectile dysfunction). And it’s no wonder. After all, it affects your life every day. If you’re worried about urinary incontinence or are dealing with it already, here’s what you need to know.

What: Urinary incontinence after a prostatectomy can present as anything from a dribble to loss of urine when you sneeze or cough (stress incontinence) to total leakage. After radiation therapy, men may have a combination of leakage and a need to urinate frequently. While incontinence is more of an annoyance than anything else, loss of control over the release of your urine can be stressful and embarrassing.

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Tags: prostate cancer, prostatectomy, incontinence