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Does Radiation For Prostate Cancer Stop Semen Production
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
I had radiation four years ago for prostate cancer, now my seman is bloody. Is this a medical emergency?
No but get checked: Blood in semen, while alarming, is uncommonly a sign of severe problems. You can see a urologist (i am in mount kisco) and get checked out just to be sure. ...Read more
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
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
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
I've 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
What is the advantage of internal brachytherapy vs external radiation for prostate cancer? Seems as if everyone would prefer the external route.
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
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
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
Yes: Many patients experience fatigue towards the end of their treatment. However, most individuals who work can continue to do so. ...Read more
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
Two Main Effects: Radiation treatments help to kill prostate cancer through two pathways: immediate dna damage and longer-term blood vessel blockage. Cancer cells reproduce more often, so dna inside them can be damaged more easily. Using hormone manipulation, this effect can be maximized. Over time, the arteries irradiated clog from thickening of their walls from the xrays. This starves the cancer, killing it. ...Read more
Pros Ca: Does no seem to be associated with radiation exposure. All cells can be damaged genetically by radiation, and mis-repair of the damage, or inability to repair can lead to tumorogenic mutations. These events are quite rare. Long terem survivors do have higher thaexpected incidences of new tumors, perhaps due to treatment, including xrt. ...Read more
Never proved...: Such speculation has never been proven despite its sporadic mentioning in the past. I hope no one uses this unproven talk as the excuse for sex obsession; obsession & overindulgence are the most common chronic killers of life. More on this view? Go to http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter05.html. Have the monks had a higher incidence of prostate cancer? ...Read more
EBRT: Typically 35-40 treatments.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Cancer of the prostate is unrelated to the spread of cancer thru body fluids. It is possible that an uncircumsized male can pass the HPV virus for squamous Ca but not thru semen. Prostate cancer has been associated with the MMTV virus entering the Wnt-1 gene which also occurs with breast cancer. As such in families with breast cancer the incidence of prostate cancer in the husband is highr ...Read more
I have prostate cancer, had radiation & injections for 2 yrs. Can't get' erected. Any meds to help?
DON'T GO THIS ALONE: You need to discuss this with your urologist. I can't offer any real help with this forum, so monday morning, you call, or have your doctor call, your urologist, so you can have a thorough discussion. Then, you may be able to reach some appropriate management of your problem. Good luck. ...Read more
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
If I chose radiation over surgery for prostate cancer and the cancer came back. Would that mean my body would get too much radiation?
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
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
How do you choose between surgery and radiation for localized prostate cancer when both have similar success rates and side effects??
Let's discussfurther: The answer to your question is out of scope for this forum. Unfair to answer question in the 400 characters allowed. Treatment is individualized. Happy to review in a consult request. Can review all your particulars. Good luck ...Read more
Right testicle has become very hard and changed shape. It has become round like a marble. I have no pain. It. I had prostate cancer in 2004. Radiation.
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
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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