Managing Incontinence After Prostate Cancer

Two of our incredible ConfidenceClub customers share their experience with prostate cancer and incontinence.

Managing Incontinence After Prostate Cancer

Two of our incredible ConfidenceClub customers share their experience with prostate cancer and incontinence.

Each year, around 200,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Australia. As the most commonly diagnosed cancer throughout the country, many are left grappling with changes to their bodies long after they’ve undergone treatment. For roughly 80% of men, this includes facing the challenges that come with urinary incontinence.

While it is common for men to experience incontinence following prostate surgery, it can still take a significant emotional and physical toll on one’s life. To shed light on the issue, two survivors, Glen and Graeme, share their experiences of dealing with incontinence after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Their stories shed light on the importance of awareness, resilience, and the role of supportive products in regaining control over one's life.

How can prostate cancer cause incontinence?

One of the most common forms of treatment for prostate cancer is a prostatectomy, where part or all of the prostate gland is removed. While this surgery is often the best option for a full recovery, it does pose the risk of damaging the nerves and muscles that control urinary function in males, which can ultimately cause incontinence.

For those who experience incontinence post-surgery, the severity and longevity of the condition can vary. Some men find that regular pelvic floor exercises pre and post-operation can help to reduce incontinence, but this isn’t always the case. In many situations, incontinence management products are used to manage the condition day-to-day.

Glen's Journey

"It's a long, 12-month recovery - but it does get better."

Glen, a 69-year-old retiree, discovered his prostate cancer during a routine check-up that revealed elevated PSA levels. His subsequent prostatectomy brought him face to face with the potential side effects of incontinence. While medical professionals warned him about these possibilities, the importance of pre-operative pelvic floor exercises to reduce the likelihood of incontinence wasn't emphasised.

Now, more than four months into recovery, Glen has seen improvement in his incontinence. Dedicated to pelvic floor exercises and turning to products like our Dailee Pant Super for nighttime and Dailee Level 3 guards for daytime use, he has found comfort and manageability in his day-to-day life.

One surprising aspect of Glen's journey was the quantity of incontinence products required. Fortunately, our products not only provided higher absorbency but also greater comfort, making the recovery process more manageable.

Glen's advice to others facing a similar diagnosis is clear: start pelvic floor exercises immediately and be prepared for the recovery journey ahead.

Graeme's Story

"I have worn incontinence pads since my surgery. ConfidenceClub's range [make it] possible to live a full and social life."

Graeme was diagnosed with prostate cancer at 60. Despite showing no symptoms of the disease, he opted to undergo a radical prostatectomy. The surgery, while successful in addressing the cancer, led him to experience incontinence for the first time. After trying physiotherapy and seeing limited results, Graeme turned to male incontinence guards for ongoing support.

Due to the volume of incontinence pads he required for day-to-day use, Graeme experienced the financial burden that can come with managing incontinence. This unfortunately is a common experience for many people living with incontinence, leading Graeme to emphasise the importance of exploring government benefits to ease the financial burden.

Now 79, Graeme's post-surgery life is marked by resilience and regular check-ups that keep his PSA levels impressively low. After discovering our range of products, he appreciates the variety that allows for a “full and social life” where he can manage his incontinence with minimal stress and maximum comfort.

After experiencing the realities of prostate cancer first-hand, Graeme and Glen’s advice echoes the sentiments of many survivors: prioritise prostate checks and don’t be embarrassed to seek help regarding incontinence. For many men who have or will experience prostate cancer, stories like Glen's and Graeme's offer hope and guidance.

By sharing their experiences, they contribute to a dialogue that encourages openness, preparedness, and ultimately, a confident life after prostate cancer.

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