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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

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 - 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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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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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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I had radiation therapy for prostate cancer 10 years ago. Since I've had psa tests yearly. The last three years the psa has risen 0.1, 0.4, 0.5. Does th?

I had radiation therapy for prostate cancer 10 years ago. Since I've had psa tests yearly. The last three years the psa has risen 0.1, 0.4, 0.5. Does th?

Prostate cancer: A small percent of rad treated pts will recur even this late. A urological eval is warranted. At your age that small amount of psa elevation should not affect your longevity.. ...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

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I want to know for how long should I take hormone therapy for prostate cancer after taking radio therapy?

I want to know for how long should I take hormone therapy for prostate cancer after taking radio therapy?

Discuss w urologist: No advice can be given without knowing stage & grade (requires result of prostate biopsy) of your prostate cancer. Was there any consideration of surgery before radiation? . What kind of hormone therapy are you receiving, estrogenic or anti-androgen? . Has there been consideration of castration surgery. Best advice is from a uro-oncologist ...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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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?

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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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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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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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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What to do if I'm a 58 year old man with prostate cancer, I'm undergoing radiation treatment and lupron (leuprolide), I get hot flashe?

What to do if I'm a 58 year old man with prostate cancer, I'm undergoing radiation treatment and lupron (leuprolide), I get hot flashe?

Side effect: The most common side effect of Lupron (leuprolide) is hot flashes. Unfortunately there is not much to do about it. The good news is that Lupron (leuprolide) is stopping your prostate cancer from being active. Lupron (leuprolide) in addition to radiation has been shown to work better than radiation alone for some patients with prostate cancer. ...Read more

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I've survived prostate cancer for 5 years now after radiation treatment, but with the usual side effects. Is it harmful to masterbate?

I've survived prostate cancer for 5 years now after radiation treatment, but with the usual side effects. Is it harmful to masterbate?

No, please enjoy: There is no reason not to masturbate, and healthy to have the urge. Is there any chance you might find or have a partner, that might be better. ...Read more

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I had prostate cancer radiation treatment, last psa test was. 58. If cancer do reoccur what kind symptoms will I get physically, feel, notice etc.?

Varies: If you are following psa, and your cancer recurs, vey often the patient is asymptomatic - the only symptom may be anxiety about the test result. Otherwise symptoms have to do with sight of recurrence- most common is bone pain or fracture. ...Read more

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64 yr. Old man with prior successful prostate cancer radiation treatment 3 yrs ago. Solar plexus pain. What organ if concern with cancer?

64 yr. Old man with prior successful prostate cancer radiation treatment 3 yrs ago. Solar plexus pain. What organ if concern with cancer?

May be...: After a successful rt for prostate cancer (pca), the patient will still require a lifelong f/u for possible rising psa after definitive rx; it's reasonable to do so every 6 months for the described one by repeating psa and with clinical assessment. Solar plexus pain is very unlikely related with pca. Instead, consider hypertension-related or idiopathic. Pca-related pain occurs in its late stage. ...Read more

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I am having bone pain here and there, did prostate cancer radiation treatment 2 yrs ago. Psa ok, 0.5 now. Initial psa 7.20, gleson 7 during treatment.

I am having bone pain here and there, did prostate cancer radiation treatment 2 yrs ago. Psa ok, 0.5 now. Initial psa 7.20, gleson 7 during treatment.

Get checked: Too many possibilities. Included are osteoporosis, low vitamin d, hyperparathyroid. Many metabolic causes. Also to be considered is involvement of bone by prostate ca. A simple evaluation goes a long way to answer these questions and allay any fears of cancer recurrence. ...Read more

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Had prostate cancer 3 yrs ago and did radiation treatment successfully. Am I more likely to have skin cancer in scrotum, penis? Itch, braking out bad.

Had prostate cancer 3 yrs ago and did radiation treatment successfully. Am I more likely to have skin cancer in scrotum, penis? Itch, braking out bad.

No: The radiation you received for ca. Prostate was focused on the prostate. You will not get skin cancer in your genitals. Best wishes for you to remain cancer free.:) ...Read more

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Does a person with a prostate cancer gleason score of 9 have any shot? Dr states hormone rherapy and possible radiation depend on ct/mri & bone scan

Does a person with a prostate cancer gleason score of 9 have any shot? Dr states hormone rherapy and possible radiation depend on ct/mri & bone scan

It depends on Stage: Hormonal therapy using a shot is commonly used but only for Cancer of stages 3 and or 4 of prostate Cancer. For stage 1 or 2 there is local therapy (surgery or radiotherapy) are considered adequate. ...Read more

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Will it help to take vitamin D3 plus while taking radiation treatments for prostate cancer?

Will it help to take vitamin D3 plus while taking radiation treatments for prostate cancer?

Probably not: The vitamin d3 is supposed to help prevent calcium loss from the bones. The bone loss usually is greatest if antitestosterone drugs are used or if bone is radiated. It will probably not hurt to take the vitamin but its main use is in metastatic disease or if drugs to counter act testosterone are used. Bone density can be easily measured and this will help to determine if it is needed. ...Read more

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Cea analysis was increased to 1500 before treatment of secondary bone cancer but after radiation therapy and 3 chemotherapy sessions dropped to 1000?

Cea analysis was increased to 1500 before treatment of secondary bone cancer but after radiation therapy and 3 chemotherapy sessions dropped to 1000?

CEA: The declining of the cancer marker here tells you that you respond quite well to the radiation and chemotherapy that you received. Btw, what is the primary cancer? ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the procedures of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and how long does the procedure takes to clean the body from the cancer cells?

I was wondering what are the procedures of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and how long does the procedure takes to clean the body from the cancer cells?

It depends: Radiation therapy (rt) is used to treat specific spots of cancer, while chemotherapy is used to treat the whole body. Rt is similar to getting an x-ray, but for 15+ minutes repeated every day, for weeks to months. Chemotherapy is an IV medicine given daily, weekly, or every few weeks, over several months. Details depend on the type of cancer being treated. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a bladder to heal is biopsy if performed where there has been external beam radiation damage? (treated for prostate cancer)

It Depends: The rate and extent of healing depend on the amount of radiation received, the time since radiation, the size of the wound, other medical problems a person may have and other factors. Generally, I would expect that a bladder biopsy after prostate cancer radiation would heal in a a week or two, but there is a small possibility of getting a long-lasting wound. ...Read more

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If everyone has cancer, how come that we aren't treated with a low dose of chemo and radiation therapy at least one a year?

Incorrect assumption: Every one does not have cancer and doing what your proposed would do far mote harm than good.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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


Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Radiation Therapy (Definition)

Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment with the potential to have harmful side effects on a ...Read more