An Independent Risk Factor for Quality of Life in Cancer Patients: Urinary Incontinence

Introduction: Urinary incontinence impacts the lives of older individuals and it is considered one of the most important and recurrent geriatric syndromes. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of urinary incontinence in cancer patients and to evaluate its association with age and quality of life. Method: One hundred and thirty three patients with cancer were assessed at hematology/oncology outpatient clinic. The validated form of the Turkish version of the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Short Form was used to evaluate urinary incontinence and quality of life (QOL). Descriptive statistics were used. The association between urinary incontinence and age, gender, cancer type and quality of life were evaluated with chi square. Results: A total of 133 patients including 84 male and 49 female were evaluated. The mean age of patients was 62.5±12.3. While 45.9% of patients are older than 65, 54.1% of them are less than 64. The rate of urinary incontinence was found 40.6% (n=54). The association between urinary incontinence and age, quality of life has been shown statistically significant with chi square (P<0.001, P<0.001 respectively). The mean of ICI-Q and QOL score is 7.6±3.1 and 3.2±1.7 respectively. The most common type of urinary incontinence is urge incontinence following by stress, mix and overflow (12.8%, 12%, 11.3% and 4.5% respectively). Discussion And Conclusion: Our results suggest that urinary incontinence is a significant problem which is underdiagnosed and undertreated in cancer patients. It inversely affects the quality of life. While focusing on cancer and chemotherapy, this important problem should not be underestimated. This leaves incontinent patients with unresolved physical, functional, and psychological morbidity, and diminished quality of life. The study suggests that awareness and education regarding incontinence should be increased among cancer patients and screening of Urinary Incontinence is an important part of their assessment.

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