Prostate Cancer Foundation - Side Effects
Every person's cancer experience is unique, however some common issues result from the treatment of Prostate Cancer.
To understand why some of these things can occur, it is helpful to have some understanding of your prostate anatomy. There are many important structures that lie very close to the prostate. When you undergo a procedure to treat cancer of the prostate it is possible that the treatment will affect these structures.
The most common issues men will face after prostate cancer treatment are:
Some of the muscles responsible for the control of urine flow sit right inside the prostate. It is possible that during prostate cancer treatment, these muscles may be dammaged. In the case of surgery, they are often removed with the prostate. The Prostate Centre has a Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic to address issues surrounding sexual and urinary dysfunction following prostate cancer treatment.
Prostate cancer treatments such as surgery or radiation therapy may cause damage to nerves that lie right next to the prostate. These nerves lead into the penis and are responsible for sending the signal to the erectile tissue of the penis. If these nerves are dammaged, you may experience some sexual dysfunction. The Prostate Centre has a Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic to address issues surrounding sexual and urinary dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment.
Many cancer treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery can cause fatigue in patients. Fatigue is not the same as being tired - it is persistent and often makes it difficult to participate in regular activities in every day life.
Emotional and psychological distress is a normal reaction to your cancer diagnosis. Waiting for a test results or the fear of recurrence can cause anxiety and depression. The Prostate centre has programs in place that can help.