Prostate cancer
posted by JD
02 November 2020

Looking for advice

Last reply: 1 year ago

Hi

I went for brachytherapy procedure last week and so far so good. However what is still troubling me is the almost constant leakage. Does this go away, is there something I should be doing or any advice would be most appreciated

Thanking you

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commented by Alan Morgan
02 November 2020

1 year ago

Pelvic Floor Exercises

commented by Cancer Nurse
03 November 2020

1 year ago

Hi JD

I am sorry you are having constant leakage and I hope you might be noticing a little improvement each day. Unfortunately brachytherapy does irritate and inflame both the bladder and the water pipe(urethra).This commonly occurs soon after the seeds are put in when the radiation is at its strongest and for most does improve over the weeks following treatment. Many patients are put on antibiotics to prevent infection and some will also be prescribed alpha blockers which are tablets to help relax your bladder and make it easier to pass urine.

Little adjustments like avoiding caffeine(in tea/coffee/green tea/chocolate and cola) as they irritate your bladder. Try avoiding fizzy drinks, citrus fruits also. Keep drinking plenty of fluids every day(about 2 litres) but sipping can be better than large amounts at one go. Not drinking enough will make your urine more acidic.

We would suggest you contact your team in the hospital if the problem is persisting.

If you would like more information about managing this problem you can phone our support line and speak to a cancer nurse at 1800 200 700. We are here Mon- Fri 9-5pm.

Kind regards

Cancer nurse

commented by JD
03 November 2020

1 year ago

Thanks for the information, much appreciated.

I will make those adjustments as suggested and hope that time will ease the situation

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