Diarrhea. Don't eat until you are feeling better. Take
frequent, small sips of water or a rehydration drink and small bites of salty
crackers. Begin eating mild foods (such as rice, dry toast or crackers,
bananas, broth, and applesauce) the next day or sooner, depending on how you
Constipation. Make sure you drink enough fluids. Most
adults should drink between 8 and 10 glasses of water or noncaffeinated
beverages each day. Include fruits, vegetables, and fiber in your diet each
Sleep problems. Often, simple measures such as having
a regular bedtime, getting some exercise during the day, and avoiding caffeine
late in the day can relieve sleep problems.
Urinary problems. Home treatment for urinary
incontinence includes eliminating caffeinated drinks from your diet and
establishing a schedule of urinating every 3 to 4 hours, regardless of whether
you feel the need. You may also try doing
pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises to strengthen your
During medical treatment for prostate cancer, you may
experience emotional problems. See the following tips for managing:
Stress. Expressing your feelings to others may help
you understand and cope with them. Learning relaxation techniques may also be
Body image and sexuality. Your feelings about your body and your sexuality may
change after treatment for cancer. Prostate cancer treatments have side effects that almost always affect a man's sexual function, such as loss of sexual desire and the inability to have erections. Treatments can also cause shrinking of the penis and testicles. Talk openly with your partner about your concerns. And discuss with your doctor your concerns about any sexual problems.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 30, 2014
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