One side effect of many prostate cancer treatment options is possible incontinence. Removing the prostate through surgery or weakening it during external beam radiation disrupts the way urine is held in the bladder- resulting in leakage.

Dr. Brian Moran of the Chicago Prostate Cancer Center recently sat with four prostate cancer survivors who were treated using Cesium-131 brachytherapy to discuss their experience, or lack thereof, with incontinence following their procedure.

“I knew that incontinence can seemingly be an issue following surgery as well as infection,” says prostate cancer survivor Norm Long. “These symptoms are zero to none with brachytherapy. I will speak for the other three on this panel, none of us had an issue with incontinence following our procedure.”

Norm had an advanced cancer and was treated with brachytherapy seeds, external beam radiation, and hormone therapy. “The only side effect I had following my procedure was fatigue, and that could have been due to the anti androgens or external beam,” says Norm. “My wife would love to have my bladder because she is the one usually searching for a bathroom.”

If you or a loved one have been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is imperative that you learn about all of your treatment options including brachytherapy. Doing so may increase your chances of becoming cancer free and enjoying the quality of life you want. Contact patienteducation@isoray.com for more information.