Some types of cancers and cancer treatments can cause incontinence. This normally happens as a result of damage or changes to muscle and nerves which are used to control the bladder. Incontinence can affect anyone, regardless of age and sex, and can vary from severe to very mild. Whilst often these changes are only temporary, occasionally they might last longer term - and sometimes they can be permanent. Fortunately, there are lots of great products which can help protect you day and night so you don’t have to worry about any embarrassing leakages.
Cancers near or around the pelvic area are the most likely to cause incontinence. These can include:
- Colorectal cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Cancer of the urethra
- Bladder cancer
Certain chemo drugs can damage nerves leading to incontinence issues. Treatment with chemotherapy can also make changes to your hormones which can have an impact on the muscles which control urination.
If you’re having treatment with radiotherapy in the pelvic region, this could also cause temporary or longer term incontinence as a side effect.
If you’re experiencing any changes, it’s really important to speak to your doctor who will be able to give you advice on how to manage your symptoms.
Incontinence bed pads can be used to protect your bed from urine leakages so you don’t have to change your bed sheets so frequently.
Incontinence worries can disrupt a good night’s sleep which can play a really important part in recovery for anyone suffering from cancer. Using incontinence bed pads can help to take the stress out of sleeping and help you relax knowing that you’re fully protected.
With a high absorbency and waterproof layers, our incontinence bed pads can help keep your bed protected and your skin dry throughout the night. Incontinence Bed Pads can be worn to back up body-worn pads, or used alone. They can be easily disposed of in the morning with no need to change bed sheets.
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