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How long do side effects last after brachytherapy?

How long do side effects last after brachytherapy?

Common short-term side effects of brachytherapy. Some side effects of brachytherapy start during or just after treatment and usually begin to get better after about 2 weeks.

How are radioactive seed implants used to treat prostate cancer?

Radioactive seed implants are a form of radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Brachytherapy, or internal radiation therapy, are also terms used to describe this procedure. There are two types of prostate brachytherapy: permanent and temporary.

What are the side effects of radiation therapy on the prostate?

Radiation therapy will cause inflammation in the prostate, bladder, rectum, and urethra.  This inflammation will *not* start on the first day of radiation.  It will gradually build up over the first few weeks.  You may not even notice any side effects until you are into your third or fourth week of radiation.

What are the side effects of radioactive seed implants?

Urinary symptoms are the most common. These include frequent urination and a need to get to the bathroom quickly. Some men have a burning with urination and, in a few cases, an inability to empty the bladder completely. These symptoms can usually be managed with medicine, and they improve over time.

Are there any late effects of prostate cancer treatment?

Late effects can happen months to years after cancer treatment has ended. The risk of late effects depends on the areas included in the field of radiation and the radiation techniques that were used. Some of the potential late effects of radiation to the prostate include: Most men will be sterile after radiation treatment for prostate cancer.

What are the side effects of radioactive seeds in the prostate?

Aggressive treatments for prostate cancer, including surgery, external radiation and radioactive seed implants, can result in major side effects, including erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence and bowel problems.

What are the side effects of prostate seeds?

Possible side effects of prostate seed implantation include sexual dysfunction, rectal problems, and urinary incontinence. In less than 1 out of 600 patients, severe rectal complications occur. “We are proud to be a pioneer in providing innovative treatments for prostate cancer,” said Dr. Davis.

What is the best type of radiation for prostate cancer?

Radiation therapy for prostate cancer involves the use of high-energy beams or radioactive seeds to eliminate tumors. The most common types we recommend for prostate cancer include brachytherapy, image-guided radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery, and proton therapy.

What to expect during radiation treatment prostate?

During prostate radiation, low levels of “scatter radiation” that originate inside the patient’s body can reach the testicles and decrease sperm production . The dose of radiation that reaches the testicles usually leads to a temporary reduction (months to years) in the sperm count.