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What are the side effects of radioactive seed implants for prostate cancer?

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Common side effects include:

  • Peeing more often
  • Strong urges to pee
  • Burning when you pee
  • Not able to completely empty your bladder
  • Impotence

Rarer side effects include:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Diarrhea

SOURCES: 

American Brachytherapy Association. 

American Cancer Society. 

American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 23, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Brachytherapy Association. 

American Cancer Society. 

American Urological Association.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 23, 2019

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