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What are the long term side effects of radiation therapy for colon cancer?

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Variable: However, radiation therapyu is rarely used for colon cancer, but more frequently indicated for rectal cancer. Side effects from radiation for rectal cancer include rectal bleeding from rariation proctitis, perianal skin changes, bladder radiation and vaginal. Sterility can also be affected.
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Xrt: Xrt is usually for rectal cancer. Xrt side effect for rectal cancer may include diarrhea, erectile dysfucntion, prostatitis, impotence, bladder irritation, skin irritation.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: Current treatment of rectal cancer that extends into the wall of the rectum or involves adjacent lymph nodes is preoperative radiation and chemotherapy followed by surgery. Furthermore, cancers of the colon that have directly invaded adjacent organs or the abdominal wall are treated with radiation therapy after surgery.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How effective is radiation therapy for treating colon cancer?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Partially effective: The best approach for colon cancer is resection. If lesion is large such as one in the rectosigmoid, then RT plus chemo can be employed to reduce the lesion for resection. While the end effect minimizes local recurrence, it does not alter overall survival.

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