I'm writing on behalf of my father. My dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 1991 he was 60 yrs old at that time (Now 79) he had surgery and they removed his prostate and then he had 37 radiation treatments and ever since then he has been leaking urine. He doesn't drink alot of fluids so i'm afraid that he's getting dehydrated. He needs to plan ahead of time so he doesn't drink anything before he goes out. He uses Depends briefs (Pads) for men. Be at times we take long day trips and he ends up not drinking for almost 24 hours. My question is this. Is there any known surgery, treatmen or pill that would help him with this problem? He/we would really like more infor for this.
P.S. My father and his three brothers his father, my cousin and my brother all had prostate cancer plus my uncle and another cousin had bladder cancer. My brother got it when he was 50 years old. I'm 49 yrs old now i'm so scared that i'm going to get it too. I go in every year for the screening. Thanks for any help... Ken
Starting with your father, his best course is to consult a urologist who specialises in incontinence problems. Any advice you'd get here would be general rather than specific to your father's clinical condition. Since you mention he's had extensive post- surgical radiation he wouldn't be a candidate for an artificial sphincter but there are other options such as clamps.
However your father's specific needs and condition will determine what might work best for him and only a specialist who examines him and knows his history can advise you.
Your P.S. raises other issues about the familial incidence of prostate and bladder cancer. Your diligence with annual check-ups is certainly appropriate and I might even opt for more frequent surveillance and monitoring with your family's history.
Without meaning to sound facetious, have your family members who had cancer been exposed to potentially toxic environmental hazards where they live which might have anything to do with the extraordinary incidence of cancers?
I'm writing on behalf of my father. My dad was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 1991 he was 60 yrs old at that time ...P.S. My father and his three brothers his father, my cousin and my brother all had prostate cancer plus my uncle and another cousin had bladder cancer. My brother got it when he was 50 years old. I'm 49 yrs old now i'm so scared that i'm going to get it too. I go in every year for the screening. Thanks for any help... Ken
Shs50 had some good thoughts, and your description and his comments triggered some additional thoughts. Your family history is roughtly similar to my own - I'm the third generation to have prostate cancer, though my father and grandfather got it in their 70s (me at 56). Based on the number and early ages getting it in your family, your family matches what I've learned is called "hereditary prostate cancer", which is even more of a threat than "familial" prostate cancer.
However, having the gene for a disease is like having a light switch on the wall: it can be on, or it can be off. Screening is of course an excellent idea for you, but you could also be using lifestyle tactics and perhaps mild medications to help your cause. There's a summary of lifestyle tactics on the archived thread "Nutrition & lifestyle tactics - books, resources and a quick summary". Finasteride has been proven to prevent from 25% to 30% of prostate cancer while enhancing screening information, and Avodart, its sister drug, is probably going to be proven even better in the near future. Statin drugs, especially when taken for three years or more, appear to be quite helpful in avoiding lethal prostate cancer.
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