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Leaking urine2017-03-20T21:17:52+00:00

Prostate cancer surgery and radiation treatment can save lives. But they can also cause problems controlling when, where and how often you urinate.

Depending on the location and stage of your cancer and the type of treatment recommended, urine problems might not happen at all or could occur and be sorted out within four months. Or they might persist for more than a year. Importantly, there are things you can do to improve your situation.

Speak up

If you do find yourself dealing with this unwelcome side-effect of treatment it’s important not to suffer in silence because you’d rather not tell someone what you’re going through — or because you’re used to soldiering on alone.

Problems you might encounter after treatment are listed below. Some of these are relatively uncommon so it’s always best to keep your specialist and Care Coordinator up to date with what you’re experiencing.

Uncontrollable leaking

Needing to go to the toilet several times a night

Feeling an urgent need to urinate

Dribbling urine

Difficulty knowing what products can help (and where to get them)

Uncertainty about whether you can do anything, like special exercises, to regain some control

“Leaking urine is normal after some prostate cancer treatments … but you will ideally regain full control. Working with experienced specialists will help you maximise your recovery, within expected time frames ” – Donna (TrueNTH Care Coordinator)

How TrueNTH can help you

No matter where you’re at, we want you to know that urine problems don’t have to be part of prostate cancer. And, whatever you’re experiencing, you don’t need to deal with it alone. Remember that your Care Coordinator can help you manage any side effects of treatment and work towards restoring control.

TrueNTH provides:

  • Free access to experts with practical advice
  • Free phone or video consultations with Continence Foundation Australia
  • Information and resources including a pelvic floor muscle training video, and the online references listed below


The first step is to help us understand exactly where you’re at and be realistic about what you can expect to achieve.

To make sure you’re not putting up with what are very treatable problems, email care.au@truenth.org or call 1300 878 368.

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  1. Christopher Ellis December 12, 2016 at 9:26 am

    It is worth adding the point early in this section that incontinence,while common, can be managed and treated.

    • joji.mori@movember.com December 17, 2016 at 6:35 am

      added a sentence at the end of the second paragraph

  2. dave hughes December 6, 2016 at 1:01 am

    the stat of 60% is incorrect.useing stats may scare the guy off therapy.The vast majority of men will be continent within 3-4 months .Perhaps we could state that some men have continence issues for a period after some therapies.For example,external beam R/T has very little effect on continence on most men in the short term but may decrease it in the medium-long term.Brachytherapy causes LUTS in lots of men.Also the coordinators have an integral role in supporting/managing and decreasing incontinence and bother from incontinence

    • timpegler December 11, 2016 at 6:27 am

      Hey Dave, stat came from TrueNth but no probs – have removed and tried to sell the benefits of making contact more. Thanks for the feedback.

  3. Donna Cowan December 6, 2016 at 12:34 am

    Nocturia and urgency are not normal symptoms of stress urinary incontinence after prostate cancer treatment. A man should definitely discuss these symptoms with treating specialist or care coordinator

    • timpegler December 10, 2016 at 5:27 am

      Thanks. Have added this information.

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