Cycling after prostate cancer

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Cycling after prostate cancer

Postby Snail » 11 Oct 2019, 8:02am

Hi

Just been diagnosed with prostate cancer and advised because of my age to have surgery

I would be grateful if anybody could let me know if they were able to return to cycling ok

I am particularly thinking of whether there continues to be problems with incontinence when cycling

Many thanks for any comments

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Re: Cycling after prostate cancer

Postby softlips » 11 Oct 2019, 8:53am

I knew a few who have returned to cycling.

Like all these things there are many many different types of surgery for the same problem. The best person to discuss this with would be your surgeon (or surgeons if you get a second opinion). I assume they’ve already discussed the option of watchful waiting?

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Re: Cycling after prostate cancer

Postby Snail » 11 Oct 2019, 10:14am

Thanks for your reply

It's a prostatectomy recommended by urologist
He seemed confident I wouldn't have a problem long term
Took a 2 nd opinion from an oncologist who did suggest I could have a problem long term cycling with incontinence and he suggested Radiotherapy

Cheers

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Re: Cycling after prostate cancer

Postby Yvonned » 11 Oct 2019, 1:27pm

My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2017, prostate and lymph nodes removed in March 2018. Six weeks later he cycled a round trip of 18 miles. He did a few miles on indoor bike a month after the operation.

He now has secondary cancer in the bone and has just had three rounds of radiotherapy. A week later we cycled a round trip of 25 miles. We know it’s not curable but the cycling goes on as long as possible.

He does wear the usual padded underwear plus a men’s medium drip pad. Both consultants have advised keep cycling as much as you can.

His advice is to take note of exhaustion, rest as necessary, plenty of protein and water. Maybe the long days in the saddle are gone but never give up.

Consultant is convinced his good recovery is down to regular cycling.

Trust your own reactions.

If you want to send personal message with any more questions you are welcome.

Yvonne

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Re: Cycling after prostate cancer

Postby softlips » 11 Oct 2019, 6:26pm

Snail wrote:Thanks for your reply

It's a prostatectomy recommended by urologist
He seemed confident I wouldn't have a problem long term
Took a 2 nd opinion from an oncologist who did suggest I could have a problem long term cycling with incontinence and he suggested Radiotherapy

Cheers


Yes but prostatectomy can be trans-urethral, radical open, laparoscopic plus others.

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Re: Cycling after prostate cancer

Postby uppadine » 12 Oct 2019, 11:02pm

I had a robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (five robot arms in your belly, surgeon controlling it some distance away) in June and returned to cycling gently after about 8-10 weeks, with encouragement from the surgeon. No problem at all and whereas I have a gravity problem with incontinence if standing and walking, sitting and cycling help keep it in. The incontinence has been generally slow to improve and at one point I rang Prostate Cancer UK to speak to a specialist nurse, who told me categorically that cycling is fine and won't affect your health except improve it. So if you are to have RARP, you'll be able to cycle when the surgical recovery time is past. Go for it!

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Re: Cycling after prostate cancer

Postby horizon » 13 Oct 2019, 1:09am

This might not be of help, but most cyclists go round (me included) with what looks like a huge nappy under their Lycra but which is of course just padding. Just an unintended consequence I suppose of the Lycra style but a side benefit perhaps for anyone wanting to avoid the social embarrassment of having to deal with incontinence.

But apart from that I wish you well (and anyone else suffering from this condition).
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Re: Cycling after prostate cancer

Postby Snail » 13 Oct 2019, 9:31am

Thanks Yvonne

Sorry I haven't come back until now

Not IT savvy and never posted in a forum before !

I wish your husband good luck with his treatment and keep pedalling

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Re: Cycling after prostate cancer

Postby Snail » 13 Oct 2019, 9:33am

uppadine wrote:I had a robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (five robot arms in your belly, surgeon controlling it some distance away) in June and returned to cycling gently after about 8-10 weeks, with encouragement from the surgeon. No problem at all and whereas I have a gravity problem with incontinence if standing and walking, sitting and cycling help keep it in. The incontinence has been generally slow to improve and at one point I rang Prostate Cancer UK to speak to a specialist nurse, who told me categorically that cycling is fine and won't affect your health except improve it. So if you are to have RARP, you'll be able to cycle when the surgical recovery time is past. Go for it!



Thanks for your reply it's reassuring to know I can cycle

Good luck with your recovery

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Re: Cycling after prostate cancer

Postby Snail » 13 Oct 2019, 9:34am

horizon wrote:This might not be of help, but most cyclists go round (me included) with what looks like a huge nappy under their Lycra but which is of course just padding. Just an unintended consequence I suppose of the Lycra style but a side benefit perhaps for anyone wanting to avoid the social embarrassment of having to deal with incontinence.

But apart from that I wish you well (and anyone else suffering from this condition).



Thanks and good point

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Re: Cycling after prostate cancer

Postby TrevA » 14 Oct 2019, 4:52pm

I had a Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) a couple of years ago - not for Cancer, my enlarged prostate was benign. I returned to cycling about 4 weeks after the operation and spent the winter building my fitness back with steady rides. By spring, I was completely back to full fitness and have not had any further problems since. I now cycle as much as I ever did - currently on 5000 miles for the year so far.
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