• Radiation and urination

    Asked by LauraMTD on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    Radiation and urination

    I just completed 5 1/2 weeks of radiation for breast cancer and am pretty badly burned, also have several open sores. I was given a silver cream for these. The day after I completed my last radiation, I began feeling like I had to urinate all the time. I called my radiation oncologist and he had me come pee in a cup. No UTI was found. But...I STILL feel as if I have to urinate all the time. I have no burning or pain when I go, just pressure to do so. Anyone else have this? My oncologist told me to drink lots of water and to call my GP if it doesn't get better in a few days.

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Congrats on completing your radiation treatment. I had similar issues during and after my radiation treatment. All cancer treatment is systematic, even targeted radiation. This means your body is under stress, and frequent urination can be one way that it is reacting to said stress. Your body is trying to flush the toxins out, so drinking more can only help. I agree that you should follow up with your GP if the condition doesn't improve in a few days.

      almost 6 years ago
    • NNN's Avatar

      Sorry Laura you have to go through this, Yes, I was going to the bathroom between 8 -10 times a day and was thirsty all the time when I was going through radiation and after that by almost a year and a half...just noticed lately that I'm not that thirsty so I started mixing some fresh lemon or lime with water and make sure I drink at least 2 liters of water a day....it's good for you to get all the toxic stuff out of your system.

      almost 6 years ago
    • DoreenLouise's Avatar

      Do you feel as if you are urinating the proper amount based upon the fluids you are drinking? I agree that you should drink lots of.fluids, mostly water.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar

      I agree drink lots of fluids...preferably water. Yes, I had similar situation. Mine did pass in a few days. When I got in to see my radiologist I explained and he said it can happen although rare. Well we have some rare folks who got it too. As I said it did pass and I didn't have to do anything. I sure hope you have the same experience!

      almost 6 years ago
    • PinkPeony's Avatar

      After completing radiation, I became incontinent and also felt like urinating regularly. It went away, thank heaven, but took a few months. I also had chemo, but did not have problems until after both treatments were done. Congrats on finishing your radiation. Your blisters should heal quickly. Mine did. Best wishes to you.

      almost 6 years ago
    • JNW's Avatar

      I completed 2 rounds of chemo and 1 of radiation. A few months after all that, I noticed that I had an urge to urinate more frequently, but the "extra" times were false alarms. I seem to urinate the same amount and do drink a fair amount of water a day. GP posits that my body is still in freak out mode. Since the outcome is that I just visit the bathroom a few more times than I used to. She gave me the option of pursuing this further, but would likely mean more prescriptions. Bleh. I'm trying to get rid of some prescriptions! So, I'll wait. I just had another surgery and will have another in about 6 months. After that I should really be in maintenance mode, so if this is still a problem, I may come back to it.

      almost 6 years ago

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