Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care and Guidelines

Every year, over 1 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Surgery to remove the cancer may lead to bladder control and ED symptoms. AHN physicians are dedicated not just to treating cancer, but also aiding your recovery and getting you back to the life you’re used to.  

Short-term considerations 

Every man’s journey is different, but there are a few common complications and solutions to be aware of.

Urinary incontinence: Men may experience a leakage of urine following surgery. This usually tapers off within a few weeks to months. If it persists beyond six months, additional treatment is available.

Erectile dysfunction (ED): Some men may not regain erectile function for a few months up to a year. If this persists beyond six months, you should contact your physician for treatment options. 

Treatment options

Penile rehab: This can help with ED and urinary incontinence after surgery. Your physician will discuss rehab options to get more oxygen to the penis, keep blood vessels healthy, and keep muscles healthy. 

Long-term considerations

In addition to penile rehab, prostate cancer survivors may benefit from additional therapies to address urinary incontinence and ED.  Other AHN cancer survivor support services are also available.

Urinary incontinence treatment options. Treatment usually depends on the cause of your problem. Often a combination of treatments is the most effective. Options include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Medications
  • Surgical interventions

ED treatment options. Prostate cancer survivors have a number of options for
treating ED, including:

  • Medication
  • Vacuum devices
  • Injections
  • Implants

Contact us

Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677  or, request an appointment to learn more about Prostate Cancer Survivorship.