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What are the side effects of radiation for advanced prostate cancer?

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Your doctor will do everything he or she can to keep from damaging other parts of your body, 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: “Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer,” "Prostate Cancer," “Radium-223 dichloride.”

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ."

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

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

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Hormone (androgen deprivation) therapy for prostate cancer,” "Prostate Cancer," “Radium-223 dichloride.”

Horwich, A. , 2013. Annals of Oncology

National Cancer Institute: "Prostate Cancer PDQ."

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

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

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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