A trial of devices designed to prevent or contain persistent urinary leakage following prostate cancer

University of SouthamptonDr Mandy Fader£106,5172009 - 2011

Why we funded it

The results of this project should help us find out which incontinence management product, or combination of products, performs better. Dr Fader hopes this will provide more effective treatment choices for men managing urinary incontinence after prostate cancer surgery.

This project has now finished.

You can read about what the researchers set out to do here.

You can read about what happened during the project here.

Read more about the three devices that were tested below.

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Three devices under trial for urinary control

For men with prostate cancer the development of persistent urinary incontinence can be a dreadful additional blow. Successful management with continence products is crucial to maintaining quality of life and enabling men to live their lives confidently. If male devices are found to be better than (or as good as) absorbent pads then men will be given a much wider range of products to choose from than currently is the case and this should lead to better continence management and less blighted lives for men with prostate cancer and incontinence.

There are three other main types of products which are specifically designed for men with urinary incontinence; these male devices are (i) sheath drainage systems (similar to a condom attached to a drainage bag), (ii) male collection devices (a cone or pouch device held over the penis by a belt or straps, with an integral collection bag, (iii) penile compression device (which compresses the penis to prevent - rather than contain - urine leakage). Although these devices are readily available on prescription (except for the penile compression device which is self-purchased) they are used much less commonly than pads, probably because little research has been carried out on them and it is known that nurses lack knowledge and skills in fitting them. Some experts think that these male devices may be better than pads, particularly for some circumstances or situations (e.g. day/night, going out/staying in) but there is little published about them and nurses and other prescribers cannot be encouraged to offer them as a choice or learn how to fit them properly if we do not have evidence that they work better than (or as well as) pads.