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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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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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


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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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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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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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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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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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How effective is radiation treatment of prostate?

How effective is radiation treatment of prostate?

Talk to a specialist: Radiation therapy is an effective form of prostate cancer treatment. No head to head trials with other forms of therapy, including surgery, have yet been performed, but it is one of several options for treatment. Ultimately, cure depends on disease biology: the grade and stage of the cancer. And there are different forms of radiation treatment, usually requiring hormonal therapy in combination. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i had my prostate removed , 4 years later my pegins to rise a little they began 50 days of pinpoint radiation a?

Here are some ...: Does this scenario pertain to you of 36? I hope not, but your relative. The Q is not as clear as I wish to discern. But, I assumed there is a rising PSA after radical prostatectomy so leading to a 50-session of "pinpoint" radiation, which is given under the assumption that the cancer is still at or near the place where prostate was, without far spreads to bones, lungs, etc. So, follow protocol to ...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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After prostate remove surgery by robot in jan.All done supplemental radiation june 24th. 50 years old in sept, what kind of exercise is best 268#5'8"?

After prostate remove surgery by robot in jan.All done supplemental radiation june 24th. 50 years old in sept, what kind of exercise is best 268#5'8"?

Kegel's: Pelvic floor exercises are important for regaining / maintaining urinary continence. Six weeks post-operatively, barring other medical problems, full return to any form of exercise is acceptable. Pick something you like and will stick with. ...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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Could radiation therapy for my prostate be making me incontinent?

Could radiation therapy for my prostate be making me incontinent?

It is possible: This is unusual to occur as radiation may cause impotence but incontinence is not as common. I have seen it occur with brachytherapy (seeds) more often than in external beam. However patients were on the elderly side, over 75. More commonly the patient has a concurrent infection during or after radiation that when treated the incontinence resolves. Also if you have a TURP afterwards its likely. ...Read more

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Can you have prostate surgery after treatment with radiation?

Can you have prostate surgery after treatment with radiation?

Yes: It has been done but really no surgeon wants to do it because there will be too many problems and it's difficult because of the scarring and loss of tissue planes needed by the surgeon. So many will not advise it. But has and can be done. I don't advise it. ...Read more

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When prostat cancer is spread around prostate is it always metasses? Hasn't spread nowhereCan it be cleared with srgery and radiation and hormonal.

When prostat cancer is spread around prostate is it always metasses?  Hasn't spread nowhereCan it be cleared with srgery and radiation and hormonal.

Not metastatic: Prostate cancer develops in the gland when a particular virus enters the glandular tissue and excites the Wnt-1gene. This is occurs throughout the gland. Metastasis occurs when the capsule is penetrated and spread to pelvic nodes begins. Further spread is seen in bone and in some cases soft tissues and liver. Localized tumor handled with Robotic surgery, and possibly RT and hormones. ...Read more

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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?

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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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

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


Dr. Chad Levitt
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Prostate Radiation (Definition)

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 ...Read more