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Could radiation for prostate cancer cause rectal bleeding?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Is rectal bleeding associated with prostate cancer?

Is rectal bleeding associated with prostate cancer?

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 more

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Hello my husband is only 38 and is a truck driver who has bee experiencing blood in stool should that b a sign of prostate cancer?

Hello my husband is only 38 and is a truck driver who has bee experiencing blood in stool should that b a sign of prostate cancer?

Get evaluated: Blood in the stool can be due to bleeding hemorrhoids or a small tear from passing a large stool. His sitting for a living with little exercise is a risk for constipation. Blood in stools is also a possible sign of colon cancer. I recommend he be evaluated to determine the cause of his symptoms. Prostate cancer can be evaluated by blood test and exam. ...Read more

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I need external beam radiation for prostate cancer will it cause fatigue?

I need external beam radiation for prostate cancer will it cause fatigue?

Yes: Many patients experience fatigue towards the end of their treatment. However, most individuals who work can continue to do so. ...Read more

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What problems caused in radiation of prostate cancer?

What  problems  caused  in radiation  of  prostate  cancer?

It depends: Some men have no trouble with radiation to the prostate, either external beam or radiation seeds, but others will have trouble with pain on urination or difficulty with urination. ...Read more

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Can someone have rectal bleeding after prostate radiation as a side effect?

Can someone have rectal bleeding after prostate radiation as a side effect?

Yes: Radiation causes inflammatory changes in the lining of the rectum called radiation proctitis. It can be treated by a gastroenterologist with argon gas therapy. ...Read more

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Does radiation for prostate cancer stop semen production?

Does radiation for prostate cancer stop semen production?

Yes: The fluid that comes from the prostate is part of what makes up semen. When these cells are killed the amount of semen is much less to just a few drops which is now more from the sperm and seminal vesicles. ...Read more

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Does focal radiation for prostate cancer weaken the immune system?

Does focal radiation for prostate cancer weaken the immune system?

Possibly: External beam radiation is given to the prostate only. With modern techniques of imrt and igrt the radiation is spread out significantly over the pelvis which houses 40 percent of the bone marrow. The bone marrow is sensitive enough that in some patients we see a lowering of the white count and thus weaker immune system. This usually is very minimal and easily recovers on its own. ...Read more

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I need external beam radiation for prostate cancer, will it have any bad effects on the rest of me?

I need external beam radiation for prostate cancer, will it have any bad effects on the rest of me?

not too bad: The majority of men do very well with radiation. During treatment there can be some fatigue, urinary changes and possibly some loose stools. Late term there can be a risk for erectile dysfunction, small risk for long term urinary changes, and especially with newer radiation techniques a small chance of rectal bleeding (proctitis). ...Read more

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What are the side effects of radiation for prostate cancer?

What are the side effects of radiation for prostate cancer?

Here are some...: Radiation intends to kill cancers but always accompanying its collateral injury to all the tissues projected through. As a result, nature or features of all injured tissues may ensue leading to less ability to function and self-repair. Hence, urinary and/or fecal frequency, bleeding from rectum or bladder, etc. may develop. At times, feeling some tiredness may also happen to few. Generally, rare. ...Read more

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Psa was, 74 6 months ago now.84. Is that something to worry abt. Considering i had radiation for prostate cancer almost 5 years ago.

Psa was, 74 6 months ago  now.84.  Is that something to worry abt. Considering i had radiation for prostate cancer almost 5 years ago.

Not necessarily: A change of 0.74 to 0.84 is not a terribly big jump in six months. You should continue to have the psa checked by your urologist. If the psa continues to rise, your urologist will determine if any further testing and/or treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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Ive had external radiation for prostate cancer. my ejaculation is only drops most of the time, mainly clear liquid. how can I improve this?

Ive had external radiation for prostate cancer. my ejaculation is only drops most of the time, mainly clear liquid. how can I improve this?

Here are some ...: Your reported change in semen features is entirely expected because external beam radiation damages all the prostate, ejaculatory ducts and even seminal vesicles, resulting in shrinking all affected tissues leading to almost no more semen. So, you've to accept this fact as the price of radiotherapy. More? Ask Doc. But at least, you still luckily retained the feeling of orgasm. Best wishes... ...Read more

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What is the advantage of internal brachytherapy vs external radiation for prostate cancer? Seems as if everyone would prefer the external route.

What is the advantage of internal brachytherapy vs external radiation for prostate cancer? Seems as if everyone would prefer the external route.

Convenience: Historically, there used to be greater advantages. There are many fewer advantages today, since external beam radiation has advanced greatly. You can save time by having brachytherapy. The advantages used to be greater. Cyberknife treatment offers all the benefits of both: only five days, and none of the bruising pain and bleeding of seed placement. Good luck with your choice. ...Read more

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Is alcohol contraindicated while receiving radiation for prostate cancer?

Is alcohol contraindicated while receiving radiation for prostate cancer?

No not really: moderate alcohol intake while receiving RT for prostate cancer is not likely to give you problems if it is consistent with your normal routine. ...Read more

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I had internal radiation for prostate cancer three years ago. Since the day I had the first of two surgeries I had pain in both hips. All the doctor?

I had internal radiation for prostate cancer three years ago. Since the day I had the first of two surgeries I  had pain in both hips.  All the doctor?

Brachytherapy : I assume you're referring to the placement of radioactive seeds into the prostate? It is unlikely that this procedure would result in hip pain that has lasted 3 years. You should be certain that your PSA has remained low following treatment and that bone pain isn't from a metastatic recurrence of your prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Could the radiation therapy for my prostate cancer be giving me radiation prostatitis?

Could the radiation therapy for my prostate cancer be giving me radiation prostatitis?

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 more

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Is proton therapy the best radiation solution for prostate cancer.?

Is proton therapy the best radiation solution for prostate cancer.?

Complex question: This is highly debated at present. If every option cost the same, it might be the best external beam option. Data questioning it recently are retrospective, based on 65yo+ data sets, and cost biased. That being said, one can get great surgery (and bad), great imrt (and bad) and great observation (and bad). The best treatment is unique to a person's situation (and their teams experience). ...Read more

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How many radiation therapy sessions does prostate cancer usually take?

One or up to 45: External image guided radiation is the most costly at 40-45 sessions. Radiosurgery is 5 sessions, no long term results published costs 1/2 as much. One session of inserting radioactive seeds is literally just one time and costs 1/5. They all have the same effectiveness. It would be worth it to fly to a specialist who does seeds get a one session seed procedure versus taking 45 sessions. ...Read more

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Does brachytherapy for prostate cancer have the same side effects as beam radiation?

Does brachytherapy for prostate cancer have the same side effects as beam radiation?

No: Though both types of radiation are delivered to the prostate the brachytherapy has higher levels of radiation that cause more urinary symptoms than external beam. The external beam radiation has greater side effects on the rectum where as a properly performed brachytherapy procedure should have virtually no rectal symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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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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