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We are excited to share with you that REZUM has arrived! REZUM water vapour therapy is a Minimally Invasive treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), commonly known as enlarged prostate. While you are at home during this circuit breaker, why not read a little bit about it here?
To keep themselves and their patients safe, and to continue keeping themselves updated with the relevant skills and knowledge, doctors' Continuing Medical Education (CME) talks have gone online. Dr Tan Yung Khan gave his fellow doctors an insight to new Minimally Invasive Treatments of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH), which is simply known as enlarged prostate. He shared about UroLift, which is a Minimally Invasive technology that holds in place excess prostate tissue thereby creating a channel and unblocking the urethra. There is absolutely no cutting involved. He also shared about REZUM, which is also a Minimally Invasive water vapour treatment that uses steam to treat excess prostate tissue. Find out more about these treatments on our website: www.urohealth.sg
Most men affected by Prostate Cancer are still in the prime of their life. Fortunately for them, there is now help available. Life after treatment for cancer is termed “cancer survivorship”. Cancer survivorship is often an under-recognized and under-treated issue for men after their treatment for prostate cancer.
The good news however is, most patients with urine leaks or incontinence continue to improve up to 1 year after their prostate cancer treatment. This includes those who have had a radical prostatectomy and/or radiotherapy. A small proportion however do have long-term and severe leaks requiring the use of pads. Radical surgery to remove the prostate and the cancer itself can result in a loss of control. This is related to a loss of sphincter muscle strength (the muscle that guards the bladder door). Activities that are strenuous such as walking, running, coughing, laughing sometimes brings on the leaks. Men have also reported that leaks occur especially at night when they sleep. In addition, those that have had radiation may find that they experience an increase in frequency of trips to the toilet. This is due to increased bladder sensitivity.
Assessment with the doctor includes pad tests, a cystoscopy and a urodynamic study. This confirms the diagnosis and assesses the severity. Treatment options depend on the severity. Mild incontinence can be managed with physiotherapy (pelvic floor exercises and biofeedback). Surgery is the best option for those with moderate to severe incontinence. They can be treated with either a male sling or artificial urinary sphincter (AUS). The male sling is suitable for those with moderate incontinence, whereas the AUS is reserved for those with severe incontinence or those who have had radiation. The success rate is high if selected appropriately.
Take home message: Prostate cancer survivorship is now recognized as an important part of recovery. Help is now available for those suffering from urinary incontinence after prostate cancer treatment.
Dr Tricia Kuo has been working with such patients to improve their quality of life. Consult your urologist today to discuss options, your symptoms can improve with treatment.