Incontinence

Incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine. It occurs when the sphincter, the muscle that controls urine flow from the bladder, weakens and cannot squeeze shut. Treatments for prostate cancer, including radiation therapy, radical prostatectomy and TURP (transurethral resecion of the prostate), can cause incontinence.

The most common types of incontinence in men with prostate cancer are:
  • Stress incontinence: the loss of urine while conducting activities that strain the bladder (for example, laughing, coughing or exercising).
  • Urge continence: strong, sudden urges to urinate.
Learn more about treating incontinence here:
 
     Kegel
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Hear from some of the experts about incontinence here:

 

Urinary Incontinence

October 17, 2018

Urinary incontinence is a common side effect that many men encounter after prostate cancer treatment. Dr. Dean Elterman explains why this occurs, who it affects, and provides expert tips on how you can better manage and treat incontinence including pelvic floor rehabilitation, medication and surgery. Dr. Elterman will also cover risk factors for urinary incontinence and recovery time.


 

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation for Post Prostatectomy Incontinence (3 Part Series)

November 27, 2017
Some men will experience urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy (RP). This series will outline how common incontinence is post-surgery, common issues and misconceptions men have following surgery and discuss various exercises and strategies men can use to regain continence following a radical prostatectomy. Viewers will also learn about how real time ultrasound can be used to reach men how to properly complete pelvic floor contractions and functional exercises.
 

 

For more information and support:

  • Find a support group near you.
  • Watch our Expert Angle webinars.
  • Visit eLIFT: an electronic library of informative videos to help men understand and manage the urinary and bowel side effects that can occur after localized prostate cancer treatment.
     
    The e-LIFT library program was part of TrueNTH Canada, awarded by Prostate Cancer Canada and proudly funded by the Movember Foundation.

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