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Prostate Cancer

Is Bleeding and Soreness After Radiation Normal?

01/25/2008

Question:

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.

Answer:

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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Response by:

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