Urinary Difficulties in Men with Prostate Cancer
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship-trained urologic oncologist, a surgeon who specializes in all aspects of care for early, advanced and metastatic prostate cancer.
Problems with Urination and Urinary Retention in Men with Prostate Cancer
Men with prostate cancer often experience urinary problems. Men with prostate enlargement caused by prostate cancer can experience similar urinary problems as men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) namely slow urinary stream, frequent urination, difficulty emptying the bladder, and urinary retention.
In addition, men with prostate cancer may experience urinary difficulties during or after treatment for prostate cancer. These problems may include urinary incontinence after surgery or less common after radiation treatment, HIFU or cryoablation for prostate cancer. Men may also experience blood in urine as well as irritative voiding symptoms (frequent urination, urinary urgency) after radiation treatment for prostate cancer. Urinary retention may also be caused by bladder neck contracture after radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer.
We Offer Effective Treatment Options for Men with Prostate Cancer Who Experience Urinary Problems.
We offer treatment options for men with all stages of prostate cancer. We see newly diagnosed men with prostate cancer as well as men who have been diagnosed and treated many years ago. We also see men being managed with active surveillance.
We also treat men who develop urinary problems as side effects of surgical treatment for prostate cancer including urinary incontinence and bladder neck contracture. For men with advanced and metastatic prostate cancer, we offer treatment options that are most appropriate for their specific needs.
For men with urinary tract obstruction caused by prostate cancer, treatment of prostate cancer is essential. In addition, focused treatment of urinary tract obstruction whether with catheterization, Urolift procedure, Greenlight laser or TURP may be beneficial.