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What side effects could happen if I get radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

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Long-term side effects, which can last up to a year or longer after treatment, may include:

Another possible side effect is erectile dysfunction and urinary symptoms such as frequency, bleeding, or, rarely, incontinence.

Keep these side effects in mind when considering your treatment options. If you have any concerns, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor about them.

  • A slight darkening of the skin
  • Enlarged pores
  • A change in skin sensitivity
  • Thickening of tissue or skin

From: Prostate Cancer: Radiation Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

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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