Cancer, Radiation, and Incontinence
May 29, 2019
Many cancer patients experience incontinence as an effect of radiation treatment. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, and bladder cancer is fourth. While bladder cancer is less common in women, it is often more aggressive in women. A common treatment of prostate and bladder cancers is radiation therapy. When the cancer is found early, radiation treatment is very successful at killing the cancerous cells in the body. However, a common side effect of radiation for cancer is incontinence.
Repeated radiation can cause inflammation in the bladder, making going to the bathroom very painful. Radiation also causes more frequent urges to go to the bathroom, intensifying the pain due to the frequency of urination. Because of these side effects, many radiation therapy patients become regular users of incontinence pads.
Types of Incontinence Pads
Typically, the incontinence experienced following radiation is not completely uncontrolled, meaning it is usually some drips and dribbles rather than full voids. For drips and dribbles (light incontinence), incontinence pads, liners, and guards that are inserted into regular underwear work very well. Let’s break down these types of products to help you know which may be best for you.
Incontinence Pads, or Personal Care Pads, feature a cup shape that is form fitting to the body. The pad is inserted into regular underwear by adhering the adhesive strip on the back to your underwear. The pads are fairly small and are individually wrapped for use on the go (to store in your pocket of purse).
Incontinence Liners are similar to incontinence pads but are not cup shaped. Liners are wider and more flat, allowing for a bigger surface area for absorption. Liners also feature an adhesive strip to be inserted into regular underwear.
Male Guards are designed specifically for the male body. The guards are cup shaped and have a higher rise in the front to absorb urine as it leaves the body. The Tranquility Male Guard is soft, very absorbent, and stays secure in underwear through regular movement. Male Guards are great for men following cancer treatment.
If you are coming off radiation treatment for cancer near the pelvic area, or are approaching the beginning of radiation therapy, try a sample of Tranquility today to keep you protected. Tranquility gives you the protection to leave the house with confidence and allows you the time to retrain your bladder and pelvic floor back to full control. Don’t be caught off guard if you experience incontinence following radiation therapy, enjoy peace of mind with Tranquility Products.
Dealing with Cancer
A cancer diagnosis is a shocking and scary moment that can leave you uncertain about your health and future. Bladder and prostate cancer are less aggressive cancers and if discovered early can allow the person to fully recover. We urge you to regularly visit your doctor for annual or bi-annual physicals and share any concerns or symptoms you may be experiencing. Early detection of cancer and other diseases is the best way to a fast and full recovery.
If you are experiencing incontinence, try Tranquility products and talk to a Urologist. Tranquility, or other incontinence products, may be the best solution to manage your incontinence, but a Urologist can help you define your goals and give you the best options to achieve those goals. Don’t let incontinence slow you down, find the control and protection you deserve with Tranquility Incontinence Products.
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