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Doctor insights on: Does Bladder Shrink From Radiation Treatments

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How come i need to have a full bladder when I have radiation treatments?

How come i need to have a full bladder when I have radiation treatments?

Radiation: Now a days we have imrt (intensity modulated radiation treatments) that provide more intense, localized treatment to the organ or area that is receiving the radiation. If you are receiving radiation to your cervix/uterus or prostate in males it will keep the majority of the bladder well from getting exposed and also will push the large and small bowel away from the area of radiation. ...Read more

Bladder (Definition)

The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more


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How come i need to have a comfortably full bladder when i receive a radiation treatment?

Radiation treatments: Now a days we have imrt (intensity modulated radiation treatments) that provide more intense, localized treatment to the organ or area that is receiving the radiation. If you are receiving radiation to your cervix/uterus or prostate in males it will keep the majority of the bladder well from getting exposed and also will push the large and small bowel away from the area of radiation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when blood comes out of my penis. I had radiation therapy prior to removal of cancerous prostate and bladder.

What does it mean when blood comes out of my penis. I had radiation therapy prior to removal of cancerous prostate and bladder.

Get it evaluated: After radiation some local irritation is present in tissues near prostate location, including bladder, urethra or rectum. If you are on blood thinners, sometimes blood is seen in urine or rectum. Often transient or self limited. However, blood in urine can be sign of other bad things like bladder tumor, or other conditions like one passing a kidney stone etc. Get it evaluated. ...Read more

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Can tumors shrink without any chemotherapy or radiation or any kind of treatment?

Can tumors shrink without any chemotherapy or radiation or any kind of treatment?

Yes but it is very r: Very rarely it has happened. But it is so rare that it is not worth the risk of waiting for it to happen. ...Read more

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Supposing cellphones cause cancer, why is it that radiation treatments shrink the tumor ?

Radiationis anti DNA: Radiation in the proper doses can destroy the dna of a tumor cell which is more sensitive than that of normal cells. The frequency of cell phone radiation is not in the same range as gamma radiation. ...Read more

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I had radition i had cervical caner and urtin cancer and radition shrunk my bladder and i take vescar it don't take all the pain away?

I had radition i had cervical caner and urtin cancer and radition shrunk  my bladder and i take vescar it don't take all the pain away?

Need expert care: This is a situation that you need to be under the care of a doctor who has experience in treating women who have the exact same issues you have. Talk to the doctor that did your radiation about what is happening. ...Read more

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Do the leupron shots that are started before radiation therapy really help the cancer cells (prostate )shrink at all? What is the data with this?

Sort of: Lupron (leuprolide) injections do help shrink prostate overall size if given prior to radiotherapy. I think this is a general prostate effect, not just a specific tumor cell effect. It does help minimize side effects related to radiotherapy by shrinking the overall target volume, allowing less tissue to be irradiated. ...Read more

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Does radiation damage the bladder and ureter?

Does radiation damage the bladder and ureter?

Potentially possible: Radiation cystisits( urin. Bladder inflammation ) canpotentially happen, similalry of the ureters from readiation therapy to the neighbouring pelvic organs/abdominal, organs though they will be protected from unnecessary exposure with the filters. ...Read more

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