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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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I had prostate cancer radiation treatment 2yrs ago, semen is still yellowish. Is it normal?

I had prostate cancer radiation treatment 2yrs ago, semen is still yellowish. Is it normal?

Yes: Radiation therapy for prostate cancer will ofter permanently change the color, amount, and consistency of the ejaculate. If you are concerned, speak with your radiation oncologist or urologist. ...Read more

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I had radiation four years ago for prostate cancer, now my seman is bloody. Is this a medical emergency?

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

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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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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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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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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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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?

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

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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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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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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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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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How is radiation used to treat prostate cancer?

How is radiation used to treat prostate cancer?

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

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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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Is it possible to get prostate cancer because of the radiation?

Is it possible to get prostate cancer because of the radiation?

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

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Does semen retention increase the chances of getting prostate cancer?

Does semen retention increase the chances of getting prostate cancer?

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

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If a man has prostate cancer, is it possible to infect his wife with cancer through his semen?

If a man has prostate cancer, is it possible to infect his wife with cancer through his semen?

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

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I have prostate cancer, had radiation & injections for 2 yrs. Can't get' erected. Any meds to help?

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

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Does the susceptibility of prostate cancer to radiation run in families?

Does the susceptibility of prostate cancer to radiation run in families?

Yes: A man with a brother or father with prostate cancer has double te risk of developing prostate cancer than a man with a negative family history. ...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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How do you choose between surgery and radiation for localized prostate cancer when both have similar success rates and side effects??

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

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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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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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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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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.

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.

Time for Urologist: We often say... Never say never. Prostate Ca spread to testis would be rare. But with irridiated tissues. A different type of cancer could occur. Or could occur on its own. You did not mention injury. But, go see your Urologist...soon. ...Read more

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Will having radiation seeds implanted for prostate cancer affect my sexual performance?

Will having radiation seeds implanted for prostate cancer affect my sexual performance?

Possibly: The nerves around and in the capsule of the prostate will get radiated and there is a 20 percent chance this will effect your sexual function. As far as treatments available the seed treatment has the least probability of effecting sex function. ...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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Prostate cancer - are there side effects of radiation therapy?

Prostate cancer - are there side effects of radiation therapy?

YES: External beam: skin becomes red, swollen, warm, and sensitive, as if sunburn which subsides gradually in four to six weeks.

Possible side effects: erectile dysfunction and urinary symptoms of frequency, bleeding, or, rarely, incontinence. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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


Semen (Definition)

Semen is the white, viscous substance that forms the male ejaculate. Semen contains sperm, fructose (nutrition for the sperm), and ...Read more