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I need external beam radiation for prostate cancer, will it have any bad effects on the rest of me?
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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: not too bad
The majority of men do very well with radiation.
During treatment there can be some fatigue, urinary changes and possibly some loose stools. Late term there can be a risk for erectile dysfunction, small risk for long term urinary changes, and especially with newer radiation techniques a small chance of rectal bleeding (proctitis).

In brief: not too bad
The majority of men do very well with radiation.
During treatment there can be some fatigue, urinary changes and possibly some loose stools. Late term there can be a risk for erectile dysfunction, small risk for long term urinary changes, and especially with newer radiation techniques a small chance of rectal bleeding (proctitis).
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Outcomes for
Prostate cancer compare quite favorably with surgery: they now have robots; we now have techniques that limit doses to healthy tissues.
Proctitis rate is about 3%. Some depends on target, dose, genetic issues. Fatigue is in 1/3; no longer does any one get loose bowels. Erectile dysfunction depends on what you bring: we do not restore magic to wands that do not work. Age, smoking, dm, lipids add.

In brief: Outcomes for
Prostate cancer compare quite favorably with surgery: they now have robots; we now have techniques that limit doses to healthy tissues.
Proctitis rate is about 3%. Some depends on target, dose, genetic issues. Fatigue is in 1/3; no longer does any one get loose bowels. Erectile dysfunction depends on what you bring: we do not restore magic to wands that do not work. Age, smoking, dm, lipids add.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: Radiation proctitis
I can only tell you what i see as a gastroenterologist.
Radiation can cause inflammatory changes in the lining of the rectum called radiation proctitis. It can be treated by a gastroenterologist with argon gas therapy if it occurs. Good luck.

In brief: Radiation proctitis
I can only tell you what i see as a gastroenterologist.
Radiation can cause inflammatory changes in the lining of the rectum called radiation proctitis. It can be treated by a gastroenterologist with argon gas therapy if it occurs. Good luck.
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