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Will my bladder ever get back to normal after prostate cancer treatment?

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Prostate cancer and its treatment can give men trouble with their bladders. You might feel the urge to go to the bathroom all the time, not be able to go when you want to, have a weak stream, or leak in between trips to the toilet.

These side effects may go away soon after treatment, or they might linger for a while.

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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