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What are possible side effects from 3-D conformal radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

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Here's what may happen:

  • Hair loss in the area being radiated
  • Mild fatigue may happen, but you can continue your normal routine during treatment, including working full-time.
  • Frequent urination, a weak urine stream, or a mild burning with urination
  • You may get diarrhea, though uncontrolled diarrhea is rare. Because the radiation beam passes through normal tissues, such as the rectum, bladder, and intestines on its way to the prostate, it kills some healthy cells. This is why diarrhea may result.
  • Possible long-term problems, including proctitis (inflammation of the rectum) with bleeding, bowel problems such as diarrhea, incontinence, and impotence. may occur.

From: Prostate Cancer: Radiation Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

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American Cancer Society.

American Urological Association.

FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 22, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society.

American Urological Association.

FDA.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 22, 2017

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