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Is Bleeding and Soreness After Radiation Normal?



My husband had prostate cancer surgery followed by radiation in January, 2005. He still suffers from occasional bleeding from the rectum and soreness especially when he has a bowel movement. Is this common? His Urologist says yes.


The symptoms your husband is having are common side effects after radiation. These can often be bothersome and distressing. I would recommend speaking with your radiation oncologist and internist as they may want to make sure no further evaluation is indicated.

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Lee E Ponsky, MD Lee E Ponsky, MD
Associate Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University