Urinary side effects
are commonly and incorrectly referred to as incontinence.
Incontinence is the inability of the body to contain
its urine flow due to damage of the urinary sphincter
during a prostate cancer treatment. Incontinence, therefore,
is only one urinary side effects. Other urinary side
effects include urinary frequency, urinary urgency,
an inability to completely empty the bladder, difficulty
starting the stream of urine, or burning or pain while
urinating. Urinary side effects, especially incontinence,
are common after treatments for prostate cancer, especially
brachytherapy. Urinary side effects also accompany prostatitis
and benign prostatic hyperplasia.