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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
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 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
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?
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
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
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
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
Which treatment is better for Prostate cancer — Stage 1? Surgery for prostate removal or Radiation therapy with some medication?
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. The Best advice is from an uro-oncologist ...Read more
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
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
After radiation therapy for anal cancer, I am having ED problems. Is there any therapies that can be done for ed. Viagra (sildenafil) ect do not help.?
Options: There are many treatments available for erectile dysfunction. Oral medications (called pde-5 inhibitors) are first line therapy. If those fail (and some men respond to different oral meds so trying others is not a bad idea), the next line of therapies include vacuum erection devices, urethral suppository, injection therapy. Lastly, implantation of penile prosthesis is recommended for some men. ...Read more
My dad is 85 yrs old and has prostate cancer, started radiation treatment for 9 weeks mon-fri, isn't he too 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
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
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
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.?
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
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
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.
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.
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
Probably not: The vitamin d3 is supposed to help prevent calcium loss from the bones. The bone loss usually is the 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
Am the receptive partner in anal sex and have had prostate seeding seven months ago and radiation four months ago and want to know if I am ok now to have sex?
Here are some ...: Any forms of sexual relationships and acts should be okay for a man after external beam radiation + seed implant as long as comfortable. Remember, as we age, all the tissue will not be as elastic and strong as in young age; so, use more lubricant but still watch for injury and possible contracting unwanted STDs. More? Ask Doc timely for more counseling. ...Read more
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?
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
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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