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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Prostate Radiation (Overview)

Prostate radiation is a treatment in which a person is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate his body to damage or destroy cancer cells in his prostate, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing.


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What is calypso prostate radiation?

What is calypso prostate radiation?

Form of IMRT: Calypso is a way the radiation machine can track your prostate. Three markers send out signals to make the radiation very accurate. www.peedoc.com @thepeedoc. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
29 doctors shared insights

Prostate Radiation (Overview)

Prostate radiation is a treatment in which a person is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate his body to damage or destroy cancer cells in his prostate, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing.


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What are the disadvantages of calypso prostate radiation?

What are the disadvantages of calypso prostate radiation?

MRI Distortion : Calypso is an excellent real time positioning system. It uses transponder beacons to communicate real time position of the target, currently approved for prostate cancer treatment. Disadvantage is that it distorts MRI images, so for my cyberknife patients which i treat in 4-5 fractions i get a fair amount of information from MRI and I use good seeds and image the organ about 120 times/ treatment. ...Read more

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What are the common side effects of prostate radiation?

Gi and Gu irritation: Gastrointestional(gi) irritation: rectal irritation more frequent bowel movement, diarrhea, hemorhoids may act up, blood in the stool. Genitourinary (gu): bladder irritation, irritation of urethra, more frequent urination, burning with urination, blood in urine. Fatigue is also a common side effect. ...Read more

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Can a prostate radiation seeding affect the patient's pets?

Can a prostate radiation seeding affect the patient's pets?

Radiation exposure: Radioactive seeds typically give off 95% of their radiation, in the first few months, after implant. During this time, patient is radioactive and should follow radiation precautions to keep exposure low to living being including pets, especially at infancy( more organs forming/maturing at this age and susceptible to radiation). To decrease exposure, increase distance, shield, decrease time spent. ...Read more

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What are some of the common prostate radiation side effects?

What are some of the common prostate radiation side effects?

Bowel & bladder :(: Fatigue(alleviated by rest), transient bowel and bladder irritation it is a common side effect. One may urinate or desiccate more frequently and may have some irritation related symptoms that are short-lived. They are typically managed well with medications. Uncommon and rare side effects are significant dysuria, obstruction of the urinary flow. There are medications that help with this. ...Read more

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Can someone have rectal bleeding after prostate radiation as a side effect?

Can someone have rectal bleeding after prostate radiation as a side effect?

Yes: Radiation causes inflammatory changes in the lining of the rectum called radiation proctitis. It can be treated by a gastroenterologist with argon gas therapy. ...Read more

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Which is better: prostate radiation or hormone treatment?

Which is better: prostate radiation or hormone treatment?

Prostate radiation o: This depends on many things - the gleason rating score, your age and whether there is spread. Some schools believe in using both. Radiation is usually for 40-44 treatments. Hormone treatment is more common when you are older. Outcomes have not shown hormone therapy to be superior. ...Read more

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My father just went through prostate radiation his urine smells he is retaining water and have troubles holding his urine?

My father just went through prostate radiation his urine smells he is retaining water and have troubles holding his urine?

Incontinence: His edema (fluid retention) can't be explained by his history provided. His incontinence needs to be addressed, it would need to be determined if he has overflow incontinence that is his bladder is full and urine overflows. Suggest call his urologist and his primary care. He needs to be seen. A complete Urine and urine culture and a ultrasound may be needed. hope this helps ...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 prostate cancer radiation treatment, last psa test was .58. If cancer do reoccur what kind symptoms will i get physically, feel, notice etc.?

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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I did prostate cancer radiation 2 yrs ago. Now psa 0.5. Everything was okay so far. I had eaten strange curry soup. Very bad daraherria leaked a bit.

I did prostate cancer radiation 2 yrs ago. Now psa 0.5. Everything was okay so far. I had eaten strange curry soup. Very bad daraherria leaked a bit.

Possibly Related: You can have long term complications from radiation treatment. They should have talked to you about the prior to treatment. Your diarrhea may have been so bad it caused the problem or it may have been so bad that with your changes from the radiation there was a problem. You will have to decide if it was bad enough to check with your physician. ...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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I am 60 years old. I had prostate cancer radiation two yearsago. My g was 7.25 and psa was 7; now my psa is 5.8.My bones get very sore at some places, on/off. Could it bebone cancer?

I am 60 years old. I had prostate cancer radiation two yearsago. My g was 7.25 and psa was 7; now my psa is 5.8.My bones get very sore at some places, on/off. Could it bebone cancer?

Unlikely: Bone cancer is rare in patients with psas under 20. As a mentor of mine once said, though "the good thing about cancer is that it gets worse." what he meant was that if you have had bony pain for a while and if it has not been getting worse, then it is unlikely to be cancer. ...Read more

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What happens to the radioactive seeds implanted in my prostate once the radiation wears out?

What happens to the radioactive seeds implanted in my prostate once the radiation wears out?

Nothing: After the seeds "wears out" nothing happens to them. They remain in the prostate and are inert. They are not removed. Leaving them in does not pose any significant danger to the patient. ...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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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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


Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more