Nottinham Forest Fans to Undergoes Cancer Treatment and Urinary Incontinence”

(BPT) – Steve Cooper, a wealthy businessman and 18-year veteran of the military, was diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer at the age of 41 and given only a few months to live. After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the second most frequent cancer in American men.[1] Steve’s prostate cancer was discovered at an advanced stage, whereas prostate cancer is normally successfully treated when discovered early.[2]

After learning about his diagnosis, Steve remarked, “My personal motto is ‘Never Quit,’ and my training and discipline from years in the U.S. Army quickly kicked in. “I firmly believe that focusing on maintaining a healthy lifestyle helped me keep my mind off this disease and, ultimately, get through treatment,” the patient states.

Following a prostatectomy, in which the prostate gland is partially or completely removed, Steve had radiation, chemotherapy, and anti-hormone therapy. Although Steve’s condition improved as a result of this strategy, he started to experience urine incontinence in the years after his therapy. In the first few weeks following their treatment, men who undergo prostatectomys endure bladder leakage, and 10% of them say that a year or more later, urine incontinence is still a major concern.[3],[4]

Steve had to start using adult diapers as the severity of his urine leaks grew. He stopped many of the physical and regular activities that had previously defined his life in addition to feeling uncomfortable and ashamed.

My battle with bladder leakage was more distressing than receiving the cancer diagnosis, Steve recalled. “I wanted to be active, but I no longer wanted to get dressed in a locker room. Because wearing diapers was embarrassing, I stopped dating. My life was in disarray.

Steve discussed his alternatives with his doctor after realizing he needed to take action to restore control of his life. Together, they chose the AMS 800TM Artificial Urinary Sphincter (AUS), an implanted device. The body completely encloses the AMS 800 AUS. The urethra is gently constricted with a cuff, preventing urine flow.[5]

He was able to stop using diapers shortly after having the artificial urine sphincter placed. It felt as though a weight had been lifted for Steve. Without the continual worry about bladder leakage, he was able to rediscover his sense of self. Nearly two years after the treatment, Steve started dating once more, found his future wife, and even participated in a half Ironman race in Hawaii.

If someone hasn’t personally dealt with incontinence, it might be difficult for them to comprehend how it affects so many different facets of everyday life, according to Steve. I often say to people that my wife and I getting married was the finest day of my life, but getting my implant was a close second.

Steve is cancer-free and still active several years later. His current goals are to promote awareness of prostate cancer therapy and its side effects, such as urine incontinence, and to assist veterans in receiving the care and benefits they have earned.

The AMS 800 AUS has dangers and benefits, just like any medical procedure, therefore it’s crucial for patients to discuss these issues with their doctor to choose the best course of action for them. Visit to discover more information about the AMS 800 AUS.

The possibility of device malfunction or failure, which would necessitate revision surgery, erosion of the device or tissue, urine retention, infection, and postoperative pain are a few of the hazards.[5] Online resources for safety information and a comprehensive list of possible side effects connected to the AMS 800 AUS can be found at

Results from this patient are not necessarily predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.

Ficarra V, Novara G, Rosen RC, et al. Systematic review and meta-analysis of studies reporting urinary continence recovery after robot-assisted radical prostatectomy. Eur Urol. 2012;62(3):405-17.

[5] Data on file with Boston Scientific.

AMS 800™ Artificial Urinary Sphincter

Caution: U.S. Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a physician.

Your doctor is your best source for information on the risks and benefits of the AMS 800 Artificial Urinary Sphincter.

Talk to your doctor for a complete listing of risks, warnings and important safety information.

The AMS 800 Artificial Urinary Sphincter is intended for use in the treatment of male stress urinary incontinence (intrinsic sphincter deficiency) following prostate surgery.

Men with diabetes, spinal cord injuries or skin infections may have an increased risk of infection. Some AMS 800 devices contain an antibiotic (InhibiZone™ Antibiotic Surface Treatment). The device may not be suited for patients who are allergic to the antibiotics contained within the device (rifampin, minocycline or other tetracyclines) or have systemic lupus.

Potential risks may include: device malfunction/failure leading to additional surgery, wearing away/loss of tissue (device/tissue erosion), inability to urinate (urinary retention), infection, and pain/soreness. MH-545611-AB

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