Prostate cancer and lymphoedema

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Australia.

prostate cancer

Management of prostate cancer is dependent upon a number of individual person characteristics identified at the time of diagnosis. Treatment may include surgery (the extent is determined by the size and extent of the tumour), radiotherapy that may be targeted to the local area or include other structures (e.g. lymph nodes) in the surrounding area, and hormone manipulation therapy. Chemotherapy may be offered in particular circumstances. Each treatment may result in physical changes, the impact of which can be reduced with physiotherapy.


Physiotherapists are qualified to be an integral part of multi-disciplinary teams involved in the management of men with prostate cancer. Physiotherapists can proactively assess and monitor for early detection of problems to allow for their prompt treatment. In addition to continence issues that may occur, movement disorders, deconditioning and fatigue, muscle weakness and impaired balance, lymphoedema and other physical problems may occur.


If treated early, these can be modified and managed to minimise long-term functional impairments, ensuring optimal participation in life. Individual focussed care utilising a physiotherapy rehabilitation model of care can have a positive impact on your quality of life.


Why should men be physically active?


Prostate cancer and lymphoedema


Options to manage lymphoedema


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