Prostate Radiation Therapy Side Effects

Preventing radiotherapy-associated sexual dysfunction in prostate cancer – Oncology Nurse Advisor

Oncology Nurse AdvisorPreventing radiotherapy-associated sexual dysfunction in prostate cancerOncology Nurse AdvisorSexual dysfunction is a common and distressing side effect of prostate cancer treatment. Two new reports from randomized clinical trials offer mixed results for adjuvant pharmacotherapy intended to prevent erectile dysfunction in men undergoing …

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Prostate cancer treament?
Posted by KS T

[display_name id=”0″]The treatment for Prostate Cancer are Surgery, Chemotherapy, Harmon therapy and Radiation therapy. The full detials of these treatments are -SURGERY: For early stage prostate cancer, surgery is the best option and the most common one. Radical prostatectomy involves complete removal of the prostate. During the surgery, a sample of the lymph nodes near the prostate is removed to determine whether the cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland. Because the seminal vesicles (the glands where sperm is made) are removed along with the prostate, infertility is a side effect of this type of surgery. In order to minimize the risk of impotence (inability to have an erection) and incontinence (inability to control urine flow), a procedure known as “nervesparing” prostatectomy is used.

RADIATION THERAPY. Radiation therapy involves the use of high-energy x rays to kill cancer cells or to shrink tumors. It can be used instead of surgery for early stages of cancer. The radiation can either be administered from a machine outside the body (external beam radiation), or small radioactive pellets can be implanted in the prostate gland in the area surrounding the tumor.

HORMONE THERAPY. Hormone therapy is commonly used when the cancer is in an advanced stage and has spread to other parts of the body. Prostate cells need the male hormone testosterone to grow. Decreasing the levels of this hormone, or inhibiting its activity, will cause the cancer to shrink. Hormone levels can be decreased in several ways. Orchiectomy is a surgical procedure that involves complete removal of the testicles, leading to a decrease in the levels of testosterone.

CHEMOTHERAPY. Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. The drugs can either be taken as a pill or injected into the body through a needle that is inserted into a blood vessel. This type of treatment is called systemic treatment, because the drug enters the blood stream, travels through the whole body, and kills the cancer cells that are outside the prostate.
All the above treatements are must and has to be given as CANCER IS STILL AN ENIGMA. For further detials see the following weblink-

Can hormone therapy causes a heart attack?My dad is 80 years old with stage 3 prostate cancer. And the hormone therapy is the only treatment that works for him. He will be on this treatment for 1 and a half year or more. Other treatments did not work for him well like Chemo and Radiation.I read somewhere that this treatment can cause a heart attack as its one of its side effects? He currently experiences other normal side effects but wondering if heart attack be part of that list?


Posted by Mark

[display_name id=”0″]Almost any intense therapy has the possibility of triggering a heart attack….I am NOT saying that this therapy WILL trigger a heat attack in your grand father….

Side Effects of Radiation For Prostate Cancer?I am doing research for a friend who is considering having elective radiation after a radical prostatectomy. I am hoping for those who have had radiation done for prostate cancer to share their experience about the whole treatment and what were some of the side effects you experienced.

Posted by Z R

[display_name id=”0″]There are two types of radiation therapy treatments for Prostate Cancer. I am giving them below with the side effect of these treatments-1.External beam radiation treatment uses high-powered X-rays to kill cancer cells. This type of radiation is effective at destroying cancerous cells, but it can also scar adjacent healthy tissue.

Side effects –
* Urinary problems. The most common signs and symptoms are urgency to urinate and frequent urination. These problems usually are temporary and gradually diminish in a few weeks after completing treatment. Long-term problems are uncommon.
* Loose stools, rectal bleeding, discomfort during bowel movements or a sense of needing to have a bowel movement (rectal urgency). In some cases these problems persist for months after treatment, but they improve on their own in most men. If you do have long-term rectal symptoms, medications can help. Rarely, men develop persistent bleeding or a rectal ulcer after radiation. Surgery may be necessary to alleviate these problems.
* Sexual side effects. Radiation therapy doesn’t usually cause immediate sexual side effects such as erectile dysfunction, but some men who’ve had the treatment have sexual problems later in life.

2. Radioactive seeds implanted into the prostate have gained popularity in recent years as a treatment for prostate cancer. The implants, also known as brachytherapy, deliver a higher dose of radiation than do external beams, but over a substantially longer period of time. The therapy is generally used in men with smaller or moderate-sized prostates with small and lower grade cancers.

Side effects –
* Urinary problems. The procedure causes urinary signs and symptoms such as frequent, slow and painful urination in nearly all men. You may require medication to treat these signs and symptoms. Some men need medications or the use of intermittent self-catheterization to help them urinate. Urinary symptoms tend to be more severe and longer lasting with seed implants than with external beam radiation.
* Sexual problems. Some men experience erectile dysfunction due to radioactive seed implants.
* Rectal symptoms. Sometimes this treatment causes loose stools, discomfort during bowel movements or other rectal symptoms. However, rectal symptoms from radioactive seed implants are generally less severe than with external beam radiation.-…

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