September is National Prostate Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in men. It is slow growing, and therefore, if caught early has an extremely high survival rate. If you are 50 or older or younger than 50 with a family history of prostate cancer, you should be getting regular screens to check for cancer. Today’s show will discuss the side effects associated with prostate cancer, in particular the side effects associated with a prostatectomy. A prostatectomy is a surgical procedure in which the prostate is removed. While this is a good treatment option, it is not uncommon for men to experience urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction after the procedure. These side effects can be difficult for men to deal with because they are typically not present before the surgery. I see men for physical therapy treatment to address the above side effects after surgery and many men have said that while they are grateful to be cancer free, they are having a very difficult time coping with the new symptoms. The good news is that these symptoms are usually temporary and there are things that can be done to lessen the severity of the side effects. In addition to discussing the side effects associated with prostate cancer in greater detail during today’s show, we will discuss things that can be done to decrease the side effects.
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