by Gary E. Leach, MD
Loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence) after prostate surgery can be a devastating complication that can have a very negative impact on quality of life. The good news is that, with appropriate evaluation and treatment, incontinence is usually treatable.
When patients learn they have prostate cancer, they often fear that impotence is inevitable. In almost all cases, fear of impotence is totally unwarranted. It is true that the old surgical cure for prostate cancer left 60 to 80 percent of patients impotent since surgery damaged the vital nerve bundles that make erection possible. Today, however, the majority of men who undergo treatment for prostate cancer will still be able to enjoy an active sex life after treatment. Here’s how you can have a terrific sex life after prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is one of the most serious health problems in the global community. It is the most common male malignancy and has touched almost every family. Recently, the rate of prostate cancer among men caught up to that of lung cancer. More than two hundred thousand cases are detected each year in the United States alone. About one in every six men in the United States will develop the disease during his lifetime.