Some cancers and cancer treatments may result in incontinence. Incontinence is when a person is not able to control his or her bladder or bowel. It can occur in men or women and last for a short time or longer. There are different types of incontinence, ranging from mild to severe. We discuss strategies you can put into place and offer advice of who you should talk to for assistance.
Mary is a Continence Clinical Nurse Consultant, with over 20 years’ experience in the field. Graduating from nursing school at Repatriation General Hospital, Concord in 1986, she worked as a Registered Nurse in Urology at both Royal North Shore and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals before moving into the community working for Specialty Health Networks as the Continence Clinical Nurse Consultant. She undertook a Continence Promotion Course, and Counselling Graduate Certificate, before graduating from Sydney University with Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) in 2001. Last year she completed a Masters of Public Health from the University of Sydney. Mary is currently working with Community Nursing within the Central Coast Local Health District as a Continence Clinical Nurse Consultant. She co-facilitates the Central Coat Prostate Cancer Support Groups, supporting men on their prostate cancer journey. She is a professional member of the Continence Nurse Society of Australia and the Continence Foundation of Australia. She is interested in providing continence support to people of all ages in the community.
Dr Vincent Tse
Dr. Vincent Tse is currently Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Consultant Urologist at Concord Hospital and Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney. His special interest is in the investigation and management of all types of urinary incontinence, bladder functional disorders, urethral strictures and pelvic organ prolapse surgery. He is a member of the Standardisation and Terminology Committee of the International Continence Society (ICS), and the current chairs of the Female and Functional Urology Section of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ), and the NSW state chair of Continence Foundation of Australia. Dr Tse has been an invited speaker and surgeon, both locally and internationally, including the USA, Europe and Asia. He and his team recently published the first bi-national guideline on management on the adult overactive bladder in Australia and New Zealand. He has co-edited two books on urinary incontinence and the pelvic floor and authored over 50 papers and abstracts in this area. He is an advocate of multidisciplinary care in the management of incontinence and pelvic floor disorders.