Symptoms of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment

Baratiny, G. and Chiarelli, P. (2010) Symptoms of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment. In: 37th COSA Annual Scientific Meeting (COSA 2010), 9-11 Nov 2010, Melbourne, Australia.


Background: Pelvic fl oor muscle dysfunction (PFMD) is a common complication after treatment for prostate cancer. Whether the symptoms are mild or severe, PFMD is a significant clinical problem which can affect
day-to-day activities and reduce quality of life.

Aims: To establish the prevalence and severity of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction after prostate cancer treatment.

Methods: Men who have had treatment for prostate cancer (i.e. prostatectomy, radiation therapy and/or hormone therapy) and have had symptoms of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction (PFMD) for four or more weeks after treatment were eligible to participate. PFMD symptoms, which
include lower urinary tract symptoms, bowel symptoms and sexual dysfunction, were measured with the following validated instruments: (1) the ICIQ-MLUT/ICSmaleSF to assess urinary symptoms; (2) the St Marks Incontinence Score to assess bowel symptoms; (3) the ICIQ-MLUTSsex/
ICSmale to assess symptoms of sexual dysfunction. Participants were recruited from Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia support groups located in New South Wales (NSW), South Australia (SA) and Queensland

Results: These preliminary results are part of a larger project associated with a 2009 COSA/Sanofi -Aventis research grant. They represent the baseline data for a cluster randomised controlled trial to assess the
effectiveness of a DVD-guided pelvic floor muscle training tool compared with standard care.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Poster)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract only published - #224. Permanent restricted access , in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 05:12
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2017 06:00
Uncontrolled Keywords: pelvic floor; dysfunction; prostate cancer; treatment
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1112 Oncology and Carcinogenesis > 111204 Cancer Therapy (excl. Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified

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