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How many radiation therapy sessions does prostate cancer usually take?

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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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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Prostate cancer diagnosis at level 7, is this bad? What is cure rate with radiation therapy?

Prostate cancer diagnosis at level 7, is this bad? What is cure rate with radiation therapy?

Do you mean: Gleason grade 7? Prognosis of prostate cancer, like other cancers depend on the stage more than on the grade. Please see this site for information on this subject. http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-survival-rates-what-they-mean ...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

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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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Can the daily use of activated charcoal during radiation therapy for prostate cancer help me?

Can the daily use of activated charcoal during radiation therapy for prostate cancer help me?

I take care of many: Prostate cancer patients with radiotherapy, external beam and seed implants, and I have never used "activated charcoal" properly done, the risk of rectal bleeding at 2-5 years post treatment is <5% in my hands as i deliver treatment. Bleeding during radiotherapy is not commonly more than "worsened hemorrhoids". Do not understand rationale for charcoal, and do not use it. Talk to your doc; ask f. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have anal sex after having radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

Is it dangerous to have anal sex after having radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

No: The rectum is somewhat irritated during and shortly after radiation, so use of lubrication and common sense is recommended. If it hearts and is too irritated avoid till symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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Urine tested positive for blood said its normal for patients that had radiation therapy for prostate cancer also are ther any cancer cells in urine bl?

Urine tested positive for blood said its normal for patients that had radiation therapy for prostate cancer also are ther any cancer cells in urine bl?

Possibly: Radiation therapy can cause inflammatory changes in the bladder which can result in microscopic blood in the urine. However a urine cytology should be performed to rule out possibly bladder abnormalities. Additionally, if the history of radiation therapy is in the past, then a cystoscopy (camera to look in your urethra and bladder) may be warranted. Please discuss further with your doctors. ...Read more

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Dr. Bansal- i just completed 8 weeks of radiation therapy for an early stage of prostate cancer. It's safe to take turminc to prevent recurrances?

Dr. Bansal- i just completed  8 weeks of radiation therapy for an early stage of prostate cancer.  It's safe to take turminc  to prevent recurrances?

See below: I couldn't find turminc but if it's the same as turmeric, then this should help answer your question. Turmeric has shown in some early studies to be effective in preventing and treating some cancers, including prostate. However, the results are preliminary and no clear recommendations can be made as to timing and dosage. Consumption of small quantities in cooking shouldn't hurt though. ...Read more

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Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?

Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer - Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?

It is debatable: This is a common dilema as both treatment types(surgery and Radiotherapy) give equally good results. The chocie between the two is based on your Age and personal preference. I would advise you to meet with both specialists ,and go for surgery if your age is ...Read more

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. Jeffrey Stevens
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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