After the disease is dealt with, the side-effects of prostate cancer treatment are not uncommon, and individuals must learn how to manage them, so they do not become a lingering problem that influences their normal activities.
Prostate cancer is known to have its unique secondary results following the treatment. Of course, there are the emotional side-effects encountered by all cancer patients and the physical ones that the sufferer must deal with. Learning how to handle the side-effects gives the patient the opportunity to get on with the rest of their life.
Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer men are diagnosed with after skin cancer. People who have survived the disease usually find themselves on an emotional roller coaster ranging from joy to anxiety that cancer could return. The feelings are normal and are expected to fade away as the patient continues to feel better after the treatment. However, if the feelings persist, sufferers are advised to discuss all the problems with their physician or mental health care provider if the negative thoughts continue to affect their lives.
Reducing the risk of any future cancer recurrence by choosing healthy lifestyles and gaining confidence in yourself after the cancer treatment are all part of the process.
The most common physical side effects of the cancer treatment are urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Urinary incontinence represents the failure to control your urine. Men might experience the incontinence depending on age, doctor’s experience or bladder function.
There are many types of incontinence which include overflow incontinence, the failure to fully empty the bladder or stress incontinence, urine leakage that happens when laughing, coughing, exercising, or sneezing. These are the most common types of incontinence that men usually encounter after surgery. It could last up to twelve months for some patients. However, treatment is available based on the severity and type of incontinence.
The erectile dysfunction (ED) represents the failure to obtain an erection or an erection that could sustain a sexual intercourse. The surgery that treated the prostate cancer is usually the cause of ED because surgery could damage the nerves that control the blood flow to the penis. The prostate gland is enclosed by nerves that help obtain an erection.
The possibility of ED after prostate cancer treatment is influenced by a man’s health, age, stage of the disease, sexual functions before treatment and whether the nerves were saved after surgery.
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