A 43-year-old member asked:
Prostate cancer - are there side effects of radiation therapy?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Terence Chapman answered
25 years experience in Urologic Oncology
Yes: Fatigue, urinary and bowel symptoms are common with external beam radiation but are typically mild and transient. Urinary symptoms may be more intense with "seeds" (brachytherapy) but quality of life studies show return to baseline symptoms within months after implant. Long term side effects may include blood in urine or stool or development of bladder cancer (after 10-20 years).
Answered on Mar 16, 2019
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