What It Is
Loss of bladder control (also referred to as dribbling, leakage, or incontinence) can become a problem after treatment for prostate cancer. The condition can be temporary and only last until muscles are strong enough again to control urination. Or it may be a long-term side effect of cancer treatment. Incontinence is a common side effect. Most men will experience some incontinence problems following treatment, but only a small number of men will experience permanent incontinence.8
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Whether you experience short-term or long-term incontinence, these tips may help you. Talk with your doctor to find out more about these and other ways to manage your incontinence:
- Strengthen your pelvic-area muscles with targeted exercises before and after surgery.
- Use pads, briefs with protective linings, or bed pads to protect your clothing and bed linens.
If these self-help tips are not working well, your doctor may also prescribe medications for you or use other treatments or behavior modifications (such as pelvic floor exercises, collagen injections, and timed voiding).15 Surgery may also be an option in certain cases.14,15