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Doctor insights on: Could Radiation For Prostate Cancer Cause Rectal Bleeding

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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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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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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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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
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Prostate Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a new growth of any tissue with an ability to spread - metastasize - along blood vessels and lymphatic channels to near or far sites of the body with never-ending aggressiveness until the host succumbs to death by it or other related problems. Prostate cancer is one of them ranked as #2 cancer (after skin cancer) and & #2 cancer death (after lung cancer). 1 in 6-7 men in ...Read more


Dr. Peter Ihle
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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