Tuesday 7 October 2014

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Can Assist with Prostate Cancer & Treatment Side Effects

By Laura Ritchie, MPT, MCISc (Manip), FCAMPT
Registered Physiotherapist,  Centric Health Physiotherapy and Wellness, London, Ontario

Prostate Cancer and its Treatment Discussed in Webinar by Dr. Bobby Shayegan

On October 3, 2014 I listened to an interesting webinar on prostate cancer and its treatment, presented by Dr. Bobby Shayegan and hosted by the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network.

Dr. Shayegan is currently an associate professor in the department of surgery at McMaster University.  He received his MD and completed his urology residency from the University of Toronto.  He subsequently pursued a fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

After the webinar I asked Dr. Shayegan a question about the potential side effects of treatment for this type of cancer. He reported that stress incontinence is a common short-term concern following surgery, while urgency incontinence and bleeding are more likely following radiation therapy.

Dr. Shayegan added that sexual dysfunction can occur with both types of treatment and that with radiation in particular, at least half of patients develop erectile dysfunction over time (but not necessarily right away).

How Physiotherapists with Specialized Training in Cancer Rehabilitation Can Help with Prostate Cancer Side Effects

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy can assist with both urological and sexual dysfunction.

Dr. Shayegan also reported bones can become thinner and weaker as a result of treatment and that weight-bearing is recommended to counter this. Physiotherapists with specialized training in Cancer Rehabilitation can prescribe a safe and effective exercise program for this purpose.

The webinar is still available for viewing on the CCSN website.

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