side effects from radiation seeds for prostate cancer

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side effects from radiation seeds for prostate cancer

by edprostate on Sun May 08, 2011 12:13 AM

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My husband had radiation seeds put in on New Years Eve and he has had problems ever since. He was not sick before the treatments. In fact, it was just found during an exam. Very early stages. The seeds seemed to sound the best. What a mistake. He has been suffering so much with this. Bowel movements are painful and burning. They really wear him out. Today he was in bed all day. He was exhausted. If he stands up he has to run to the bathroom. If he runs water, he runs also. He can hardly leave the house. My heart goes out to him, but I do not know what to do for him. The medications do not seem to help. Does anyone have any ideas.

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by skidan on Sun May 08, 2011 03:18 AM

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On May 08, 2011 12:13 AM edprostate wrote:

My husband had radiation seeds put in on New Years Eve and he has had problems ever since. He was not sick before the treatments. In fact, it was just found during an exam. Very early stages. The seeds seemed to sound the best. What a mistake. He has been suffering so much with this. Bowel movements are painful and burning. They really wear him out. Today he was in bed all day. He was exhausted. If he stands up he has to run to the bathroom. If he runs water, he runs also. He can hardly leave the house. My heart goes out to him, but I do not know what to do for him. The medications do not seem to help. Does anyone have any ideas.

I am sorry to hear about your husband's side effects. Does he have any rectal bleeding? If so he could try carafate suspension enama's twice a day. As far as energy may I suggest B 12 injections, fatigue radiation is a common side effect that most doctors don't deal with it  properly. Myself I take B1, B6, B12 for energy besides all the rest of my protocol.  I would report the pain to the doctor and tell him whatever pain medication he gave him  it isn't effective.

I had external radiation back in 2005.

If you any more questions feel free to ask.

Dan

 

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by GabriellaP on Sun May 08, 2011 05:46 AM

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I'm so sorry you're both going through this challenging time. It seems quite a radical treatment for very early stage prostate ca'. Was your husband offered no other therapy?

Please feel free to contact me if you feel I can be of any assistance. In the meantime, ensure your husband is not dehydrating; that he is keeping enough food long enough for proper nourishment and he is taking cancer-specific nutraceuticals for post treatment and long term good health.

My best, with respect & prayers for you both.

Gabriella.

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by edprostate on Sun May 08, 2011 11:16 AM

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He was told about external radiation and removal of the prostate. The seeds sounded to us like the best treatment.

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by edprostate on Sun May 08, 2011 11:20 AM

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He is not have rectal bleeding, but he states that the area feels raw. The exhaustion is from having to strain to have a bowel movement. This is just wearing him out. He is up 4-5 times a night to use the bathroom.

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by skidan on Sun May 08, 2011 12:31 PM

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On May 08, 2011 11:20 AM edprostate wrote:

He is not have rectal bleeding, but he states that the area feels raw. The exhaustion is from having to strain to have a bowel movement. This is just wearing him out. He is up 4-5 times a night to use the bathroom.

usually the bleeding won't start until tthe 8th month or so. I would still use the carafate suspension now it might reduce the pain now and prevent rectal bleeding down the road. if you would like details about quantity etc, let me know.

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by qwertyuiop on Fri Sep 23, 2011 08:08 PM

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On May 08, 2011 12:13 AM edprostate wrote:

My husband had radiation seeds put in on New Years Eve and he has had problems ever since. He was not sick before the treatments. In fact, it was just found during an exam. Very early stages. The seeds seemed to sound the best. What a mistake. He has been suffering so much with this. Bowel movements are painful and burning. They really wear him out. Today he was in bed all day. He was exhausted. If he stands up he has to run to the bathroom. If he runs water, he runs also. He can hardly leave the house. My heart goes out to him, but I do not know what to do for him. The medications do not seem to help. Does anyone have any ideas.

What did the radiation oncologist report state as to coverage of prostate and rectum? I would ask for that report as well as the report from the phyisicst it was based on. Was too much radiation placed near the rectum? how many procedures had the MD done? How many procedures goes the hospital do? Was it preplanned or intra operative? Based on MY research (andI'm no MD) his outcome is unlikely but not completely out of the probable. Answer the above questions for yourself

RE: side effects from radiation seeds for prostate cancer

by genemyers on Sat Sep 24, 2011 05:23 AM

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You might try Trental with or without Vitamin E for radiation fibrosis.  I would go back to your doctor and ask for additional help for your husbands condition.  If you do not feel your doctor is being helpfull, I would seek out a new doctor.  Sorry about all of the trouble you are having.

RE: side effects from radiation seeds for prostate cancer

by JohnL59 on Wed Oct 05, 2011 04:04 PM

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Sorry to hear this but I had the seeds done by Dr. Louis Potter in 11/08 and had none of the side effects you speak of. He is one of the best and uses a sonogram to guide the placement of the seeds. My PSA is 0.7 down from 8.6 when I was diagnosed. While the seeds were 'hot' I did have some urgency when needing to pee but that was to be expected.

Another thing, I was a very healthy 49 year old when I had the procedure.

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