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What are side-effects of radiation for the treatment of early-stage prostate cancer?

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Your doctor will do everything possible to keep from harming the area around your prostate, but some men have side effects from radiation, such as:

  • Diarrhea, blood in their stool, and other bowel problems
  • Trouble controlling urination, or a leaky bladder
  • Erection problems
  • Feeling tired

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Prostate Cancer."

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ." "Treatment Choices for Men with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Prostate Cancer: NCCN Guidelines for Patients."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Prostate Cancer--Treatment Options."

UpToDate: “Initial approach to low- and very low-risk clinical localized prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Prostate Cancer."

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ." "Treatment Choices for Men with Early-Stage Prostate Cancer."

National Comprehensive Cancer Network: "Prostate Cancer: NCCN Guidelines for Patients."

Prostate Cancer Foundation: "Understanding Prostate Cancer--Treatment Options."

UpToDate: “Initial approach to low- and very low-risk clinical localized prostate cancer.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 12, 2018

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