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CANCER AND ITS IMPACT

CANCER AND ITS IMPACT

A necessary evil Outside the medical fraternity, cancer is often considered as one disease (“my father died of cancer last montha and so on) but it is, in fact, a hundred medical conditions rolled into one. Cancer affects different parts of the body in different ways, and its impact is felt in diverse ways. Cancer is also unusual from another standpoint. The disease itself and the various therapies that doctors would offer can both be responsible for urinary incontinence, both in men and women. Impact of the disease First, let us talk about cancer itself, the various types of cancer that can result in diminished ability to control urine passage. In men, the commonest cause is prostate cancer, but there are...
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NERVE DAMAGE AND INCONTINENCE

NERVE DAMAGE AND INCONTINENCE

When your nerves let you down Before we go to the actual subject of urinary incontinence due to nerve damage, it is important to appreciate a few basic concepts. Your nerves can be compared to the electrical wiring that forms the complex linkages between your brain and the rest of your body. No part of your body can be devoid of nerves and continue to survive. Nerves are of two major types: one, sensory nerves that carry messages from the various body organs (sensations of pain, heat and cold, pressure, smell, sight, etc.) and two, motor nerves, which carry instructions from the brain to every part of the body. This circuitry also exists in the bladder, urinary passage, the penis...
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OLD AGE AND DEMENTIA

OLD AGE AND DEMENTIA

Part of a larger problem Doctors and others often rejoice in the fact that many people are now living in their late 80s and even 90s, and there are more centenarians today than a couple of generations ago. This is much more frequent in the industrialized west, but would soon be a reality in our country as well. It is no doubt a laudable achievement for medical science as a whole, but a growing population of such an advanced age poses its own challenges. For only a small minority of people in this age group are truly disease-free. The need for medical attention is greater; the ability to take care of oneself diminishes with the passage of years, thus placing...
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