Downsides of Radiation Treatment

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Downsides of Radiation Treatment

by RoboDobo on Tue Dec 11, 2018 01:32 PM

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I had a radical prostetectomy done...my friend had radiation treatment for prostate cancer. He has had a host of issues, years later, having to do with tissue damage in the urethra (sp?), blockage and other damage stemming from the radiation treatment. You need to seriously consider your options....I almost went the radiation route, but was warned about the potential aftereffects. My friend my end up, permanently, with a urine bag that goes directly to his bladder; that he will have to empty for the remainder of his life.

RE: Downsides of Radiation Treatment

by Janey6 on Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:29 PM

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On Dec 11, 2018 1:32 PM RoboDobo wrote:

I had a radical prostetectomy done...my friend had radiation treatment for prostate cancer. He has had a host of issues, years later, having to do with tissue damage in the urethra (sp?), blockage and other damage stemming from the radiation treatment. You need to seriously consider your options....I almost went the radiation route, but was warned about the potential aftereffects. My friend my end up, permanently, with a urine bag that goes directly to his bladder; that he will have to empty for the remainder of his life.

My husband can’t eat or drink at all now. Seven years ago he had 70 Grey IMRT for SCC of tonsil. He was fine until 8 mos ago. Fibrosis built up in his throat over the years. He now had a PEG tube. RT, the “gift” that keeps on giving. Many post Head and Neck cancer patients are saddled with this outcome. ..........We’ve been told that the focus of Tx is to de-intensify the RT now. Too bad my hubby missed that boat. It’s a higher price to pay. Yes, Ca free but he’ll never eat or drink again. Aspiration pneumonia lurks. So end of story....better less RT maybe more chemo or something like Optiva or Keytruda.
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