It is estimated that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Radical prostatectomy is the most common therapy for prostate cancer. Another common prostate cancer therapy is androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) which reduces the amount of testosterone produced. These prostate cancer therapies can be effective in treating the cancer however they can be accompanied by side effects and complications for the men undergoing them.
Complications of Treatment for Prostate Cancer
More than 80% of patients have reported urinary incontinence 1 month after radical prostatectomy. Urinary incontinence can affect patients’ activities of daily living and quality of life.
Men undergoing ADT can experience side effects such as reduced fitness, loss of bone and muscle mass, increased fatigue and weight gain.