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Can you have prostate surgery after treatment with radiation?

Can you have prostate surgery after treatment with radiation?

Yes: It has been done but really no surgeon wants to do it because there will be too many problems and it's difficult because of the scarring and loss of tissue planes needed by the surgeon. So many will not advise it. But has and can be done. I don't advise it. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Prostate (Definition)

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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Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?

Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?

It is debatable: This is a common dilema as both treatment types(surgery and Radiotherapy) give equally good results. The chocie between the two is based on your Age and personal preference. I would advise you to meet with both specialists ,and go for surgery if your age is ...Read more

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My dad is 85 yrs old and has prostate cancer , started radiation treatment for 9 weeks mon-fri, isn't he to old to be receiving that much radiation?

My dad is 85 yrs old and has prostate cancer ,  started radiation treatment for 9 weeks mon-fri, isn't he to old to be receiving that much radiation?

May be unnecessary!: It is reasonable to question this. Most prostate cancer is relatively benign and may exist for decades without spreading or killing someone. 80% of 80 year old men have prostate cancer (!) and very few of them will die from it. Radiation therapy can cause serious side effects. Your dad may be better off without any radiation! Get second opinions. If he goes ahead see http://tinyurl.com/hhcnc99 ...Read more

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If I chose radiation over surgery for prostate cancer and the cancer came back. Would that mean my body would get too much radiation?

If I chose radiation over surgery for prostate cancer and the cancer came back.  Would that mean my body would get too much radiation?

Talk to doctor: Generally speaking, the doctors only treat the body with as much radiation as it can tolerate. Nothing is absolutely certain in this life and cancers do recur after radiation treatment. They also can recur after surgery. ...Read more

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Which is better: prostate radiation or hormone treatment?

Which is better: prostate radiation or hormone treatment?

Prostate radiation o: This depends on many things - the gleason rating score, your age and whether there is spread. Some schools believe in using both. Radiation is usually for 40-44 treatments. Hormone treatment is more common when you are older. Outcomes have not shown hormone therapy to be superior. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation treatment of prostate?

How effective is radiation treatment of prostate?

Talk to a specialist: Radiation therapy is an effective form of prostate cancer treatment. No head to head trials with other forms of therapy, including surgery, have yet been performed, but it is one of several options for treatment. Ultimately, cure depends on disease biology: the grade and stage of the cancer. And there are different forms of radiation treatment, usually requiring hormonal therapy in combination. ...Read more

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After prostate remove surgery by robot in jan.All done supplemental radiation june 24th. 50 years old in sept, what kind of exercise is best 268#5'8"?

After prostate remove surgery by robot in jan.All done supplemental radiation june 24th. 50 years old in sept, what kind of exercise is best 268#5'8"?

Kegel's: Pelvic floor exercises are important for regaining / maintaining urinary continence. Six weeks post-operatively, barring other medical problems, full return to any form of exercise is acceptable. Pick something you like and will stick with. ...Read more

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Dad had prostate removed in 2004. Psa rose in 2013 prompting radiation. First psa after treatment .05. Docs want it at 0.00. Should he be worried?

Dad had prostate removed in 2004. Psa rose in 2013 prompting radiation.  First psa after treatment .05. Docs want it at 0.00. Should he be worried?

Maybe: That's a long gap between surgery and radiation. He must have had scans determining psa rise was still local. It's a tough call whether to put him on long term hormone therapy for a psa of 0.05. Lots of major health risks with hormones. He needs to exercise daily, eat a high fresh/frozen vegetable diet and follow the psa trend closely. If he has significant heart disease already, avoid hormone rx. ...Read more

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Will I be able to perform sexually after I finish radiation treatment for prostate cancer?

Will I be able to perform sexually after I finish radiation treatment for prostate cancer?

Usually: Usually after external beam radiation treatments to the prostate, sexual function is preserved although the ejaculate volume will decrease to almost nothing. ...Read more

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more