How Bladder Cancer can affect urinary continence.

How Bladder Cancer can affect urinary continence.

The chances of developing bladder cancer are approximately 1 in 28 for men and 1 in 98 for women. This form of cancer can have a significant impact on one’s urinary continence, before and after treatment. The bladder is responsible for storing urine before it is eliminated from the body and when cancer develops it can affect the bladder’s ability to function properly, which results in either incontinence or urinary retention.

Incontinence can occur before any treatment due to several factors such as tumors blocking the urinary tract or a reduction in capacity to hold urine in the bladder. People with bladder cancer may experience symptoms like pain, urgency, and frequency to urinate which can also cause incontinence. In cases like this incontinence can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent and the size of the tumor, and the person’s overall health.

Conditional to the type and extent of the treatment for bladder cancer, continence may also be affected. Surgical procedures to remove the bladder or a portion of it, called a cystectomy, can cause a complete loss of bladder control and individuals may need to use an indwelling catheter or have a urostomy procedure to allow urine to drain continuously. Radiation and chemotherapy therapy to the pelvic area can cause inflammation and may even damage the bladder which can cause incontinence and urinary retention.

For urinary incontinence the most common products used today are adult diapers and pads, however these are not only detrimental to the environment, but they can also cause secondary irritation and/or infections and may also burden a person’s quality of life. Single-use or reusable external catheter systems, and external urine collection systems are better options for men experiencing incontinence. Many of these urine collection systems are discreet, have insurance coverage and can help protect from secondary afflictions.

Bladder cancer may have a significant impact on urinary incontinence before and after treatment. People experiencing bladder cancer related incontinence should discuss their concerns with their healthcare provider who can provide the necessary treatments and products to improve or manage their incontinence.

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