According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation
, here are some of the side effects men suffer from while being treated for prostate cancer.
- Urinary Dysfunction: This term can be applied to both urinary incontinence, which can range from some leaking to complete loss of bladder control, and irritative voiding symptoms, including increased urinary frequency, increased urinary urgency, and pain upon urination. (Read more about urinary dysfunction here: http://bit.ly/1ROgvYc)
- Bowel Dysfunction: Includes diarrhea or frequent stools; fecal incontinence or the inability to control bowel movements; and rectal bleeding. By far, all of these side effects are more common following external beam radiotherapy than any other primary therapy, but as techniques and dose planning strategies improve, these rates have been dropping. (Read more about bowel dysfunction here: http://bit.ly/1ROgJ1L)
- Erectile Dysfunction: Regardless of whether the nerves were spared during surgery or whether the most precise dose planning was used during radiation therapy, nearly all men will experience some erectile dysfunction for the first few months after treatment. (Read mor