• Difficult to urinate

    Asked by Poliana on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    Difficult to urinate

    I wonder with prostate cancer who have or have had problems urinating. I mean, problems such as blood in the urine (low but present) and wake up several times during the night to empty the bladder. The prostate weight of my father is currently 200 grams and that is causing these problems in it. No pain, thankfully,but it is very annoying because he sleeps badly at night, wakes up several times since. How to have better control on urination or diminish the prostate ? Has anyone experienced this ? In this case what is the conduct adopted by the doctor ?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I don't know that this is specifically related to prostate cancer, or any type of cancer for that matter. I get up at least twice every night, sometimes more, to urinate and have been for years. I'm able to go right back to sleep so it isn't a problem for me. I think as we get older, our bladders get a bit weaker. We also need to take in more fluids to stay well hydrated and that is going to translate to more frequent urination.

      The blood in his urine is another matter entirely and needs to be checked out.

      over 7 years ago
    • tomget's Avatar

      I suppose you really need a urologist to evaluate ..if possible. But its my understanding that .. in general.. as we age and the prostrate enlarges...it can in most of us somewhat squeeze the urinary track and cause all kinds of problems. Similar to what your describing. But I guess its not caused by cancer but by the enlargement of the prostrate.

      And there are repairs that can be made. I forget the name but there is surgery to relieve this condition if it gets bad enough. I forget what its called. Some people with prostrate cancer can urinate just fine and some not.

      But I've heard doctors discuss the conditions your describing and they suggest that these things are not necessarily caused by prostrate cancer..whether its present or not..but by other things. Even the blood is not necessarily abnormal or a problem.

      Only a doctor could probably really answer this for you.


      over 7 years ago
    • ROBERT's Avatar
      ROBERT (Best Answer!)

      Your father needs to see a urologist as soon as possible. They need to do a rectal digital exam to confirm any abnormality. Combined with a psa blood test this will tell them if he needs to have a biobsy and if they detect a posiblity of cancer. In my case my psa was normal but the exam showed a concern for cancer as it was hard which is a sign. I was getting up twice a night for almost a year which was normal if you have bengn prostate growth but the signs are similar to cancer. Early detection is the key for a better outcome. I wish I would have been quicker to see a urologist because it can spread very quickly as it did in my case. Blood is not normal and is also a concern in itself to see a urologist...dont wait.

      over 7 years ago

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