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How can I gain better control over my bladder issues after prostate cancer treatment?

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Here are some options to gain better control over your bladder after prostate cancer surgery:

  • Try Kegel exercises to build up your bladder muscles. Ask your doctor if he thinks they’ll help and if someone can teach you how to do them.
  • Try medications. Your doctor has several he can prescribe.
  • Try pads in your underwear that can catch any leaks that might happen. You can also wear adult diapers, but it’s rare for the problem to be severe enough to need them.
  • Try "condom catheters," which go over your penis to catch the urine.
  • Try surgery. There are different types depending on the cause of your problem.

SOURCES:

UK National Health Service: "Prostate Cancer."

Urology Care Foundation: "Surgery."

AARP: "Sex and Intimacy."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Prostate Cancer Treatment."

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Restoring Intimacy."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Erectile Dysfunction."

American Cancer Society: "Managing Incontinence for Men With Cancer," "Living With Uncertainty: The Fear of Cancer Recurrence."

Prostate Cancer UK: "Living with and after prostate cancer."

American College of Clinical Oncology: "Follow-up Care for Prostate Cancer," "Sexuality and Cancer Treatment: Men," "Family Life."

University of Michigan Health System: "Stress Management When You Have Cancer."

Harrington, J. , March 2009. Oncology Nursing Forum

National Cancer Institute: "Self Image and Sexuality," "Family Issues after Treatment."

Maliski, S. , December 2008. Qualitative Health Research

Bokhour, B. , 2007. Communication & Medicine

National Caregivers Library: "Coping Within the Family."

Cancer Support Community: "Managing Emotions."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

SOURCES:

UK National Health Service: "Prostate Cancer."

Urology Care Foundation: "Surgery."

AARP: "Sex and Intimacy."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Prostate Cancer Treatment."

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Restoring Intimacy."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Erectile Dysfunction."

American Cancer Society: "Managing Incontinence for Men With Cancer," "Living With Uncertainty: The Fear of Cancer Recurrence."

Prostate Cancer UK: "Living with and after prostate cancer."

American College of Clinical Oncology: "Follow-up Care for Prostate Cancer," "Sexuality and Cancer Treatment: Men," "Family Life."

University of Michigan Health System: "Stress Management When You Have Cancer."

Harrington, J. , March 2009. Oncology Nursing Forum

National Cancer Institute: "Self Image and Sexuality," "Family Issues after Treatment."

Maliski, S. , December 2008. Qualitative Health Research

Bokhour, B. , 2007. Communication & Medicine

National Caregivers Library: "Coping Within the Family."

Cancer Support Community: "Managing Emotions."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on June 7, 2018

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