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Could Radiation For Prostate Cancer Cause Rectal Bleeding
Yes: One of the potential side effects for radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer is rectal bleeding. This can occur after brachytherapy or external beam therapy. This is called proctitis and is generally mild and self-limiting. It usually does not require any treatment other than conservative management such as maintaining soft bowel movements, hydration, and monitoring of blood work. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
PROSTATITIS EVAL: R/O prostatitis v Epididymitis tough to treat. Hopefully you have seen a urologist recently. Tx with doxycycline. I would recheck labs /UA C&S. & testosterone if no response ,cipro (ciprofloxacin) may be needed for 8-10wks. Recheck labs and culture. You also need abdominal/pelvic/prostate US R/O prostate stones. Also switch to gluten free diet Wholeapproach.com gutbliss.com Cipro (ciprofloxacin) may also be tried if no change. ...Read more
Possibly: Depending on the stage of the prostate cancer, rectal bleeding can be present. However, if it an early stage prostate cancer, rectal bleeding is generally not associated with prostate cancer. Also, previous radiation treatment for prostate cancer may cause rectal inflammation and cause subsequent rectal bleeding but this generally resolves over time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually: Breast radiation doesn't usually have many side effects outside of the breast, chest wall, and occasionally the lung. But fatigue is common and sometimes depression as well (not really related to the radiation per se). So it is not uncommon for iriitable bowel type symptoms to flare up if you are a person that has GI issues when stressed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It can.: The radiation treats any tissue that tends to reproduce and grow rapidly. This actually describes the lining of the intestine as well as cancer. When the lining of the colon is affected, it falls off and allows the bacteria a chance to get to work on the layers underneath. This leads to inflation (itis) thus colon itis or more properly - colitis. ...Read more
Usually not: Gi symptoms during breast cancer radiotherapy are uncommon but not unheard of, especially for right-sided cancers where some of the liver may be in the lower part of the field. Ask your radiation doctor to see how much liver is being irradiated and if it can be minimized. More often this problem is related to chemo or hormonal treatment or a diet supplement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can radioactive seed implants for prostate cancer cause complications like a vesiculorectal fistula?
RECTOURETHRAL: This is one of the most feared, and thankfully rare complications of radiation therapy, external or with seeds. It can occur also in response to treatments for radiation proctitis, when attempts are made to cautering bleeding vessels in the rectum near the prostate. This condition is to be distinguished from a fistula from colon to urinary bladder which is much easier to fix., . ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
What can be done for bowel
Inflammation in a metastic colon cancer patient ?can chemo cause this ?
There are many: Reasons for intestinal inflammation whether or not someone has colon cancer and is utilizing chemotherapy. Without having more information like the symptoms associated or the circumstances around how the inflammation was identified, it's difficult to better guide you. Though this is a question that a patients oncologist should readily be able to help out with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, if early enuf: Like other cancers, rectal cancer has better prognosis (outlook) if diagnosed and treated at an earlier, rather than later stage. Very early cancers can be cured with burning the tissue. More advanced will likely need radiation/chemo/surgery in varying combinations and timing. Can be cured, but unfortunately, not always. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: I'm not sure exactly what you are referring to by radiation prostatitis but if you are referring to increased urinary urgency and frequency then yes this is a possible acute side effect of radiation treatment to the prostate. This can be managed easily with some medications that can be given to you by your radiation oncologist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is post menopause bleeding and pelvic pain a sign of colon cancer? Endo cancer ruled out as biopsy clear.
The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more
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