• Looking for input from anyone who has had EBRT with or without seed implants for PC.Interested in outcome, side effects, problems.

    Asked by GENMAR47 on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Looking for input from anyone who has had EBRT with or without seed implants for PC.Interested in outcome, side effects, problems.

    I would appreciate info from anyone willing to share their experience with the above treatments. I am looking for outcomes, side effects, skin problems, secondary radiation induced cancers, etc.

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      Afterglow

      I had 45 IMRT treatments, no seeds. Main side effects were increasing fatigue and urinary and bowel urgency during treatment. For the most part these went away in a few weeks after treatments, though I still have some issues of urgency, especially bowel, but not a major issue, just don't dare try to outwait anything. Also have some issues of not being able to fully empty my bladder but more of a nuisance than anything. Fortunately my wife is understanding if I have to run to the bathroom several times in quick succession. Other issue was a bit more significant. Developed rectal bleeding several months after finishing my radiation treatments. This is not common but can happen. This was corrected with argon plasma therapy treatments where, during a sigmoidoscopy, the doctor effectively cauterizes the places that are bleeding. Not a pleasant procedure but effective. Have had no significant issues other than as noted in the 3.5 years since radiation completed. Good luck to you.

      over 3 years ago

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