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What are the possible side effects of radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

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Bowel problems are one possibility. Radiation therapy can irritate the rectum. There can also be urinary problems. You may temporarily need to urinate more often than normal, or more urgently. There is also a chance of urinary incontinence.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “External beam radiation for prostate cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

University Health Network/Princess Margaret Cancer Centre: “What to Expect When Getting Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Radiation Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “External beam radiation for prostate cancer.”

American Cancer Society: “Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

University Health Network/Princess Margaret Cancer Centre: “What to Expect When Getting Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer.”

Prostate Cancer Foundation: “Radiation Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 20, 2019

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