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When do you get radiation for prostate cancer?

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Radiation is often the main treatment for prostate cancer that hasn't spread. You may also get it as a follow-up to surgery. Doctors may also use radiation, in advanced cases, to relieve pain from the spread of cancer to bones. Incontinence and impotence can be other side effects. You may get radiation to the pelvis if your PSA levels rise after prostate cancer surgery.

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. "Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer." "Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer."

American Urological Association. "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."

Medscape.  "Prostatitis Treatment & Management."

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

Mayo Clinic. "Prostatitis."

National Library of Medicine. "Vardenafil." "Sildenafil." "Revatio."

National Prostate Cancer Coalition.  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

UpToDate.com. "Chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on September 17, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society. "Key Statistics for Prostate Cancer." "Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer."

American Urological Association. "Early Detection of Prostate Cancer."

Medscape.  "Prostatitis Treatment & Management."

Prostate Cancer Foundation. 

Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 

Mayo Clinic. "Prostatitis."

National Library of Medicine. "Vardenafil." "Sildenafil." "Revatio."

National Prostate Cancer Coalition.  U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. "Prostate Cancer Screening Final Recommendation."

UpToDate.com. "Chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome."

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on September 17, 2019

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