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Prostate Cancer

Radical Prostatectomy and Immune System

03/18/2008

Question:

I had a radical prostactectomy two years back (aged 50) and ever since I have been prone to influenza-type attacks. This past month it culminated in pneumonia. Is it possible this is from a reduced immune system as I never used to be so susceptible? I am otherwise very fit. (PSA scores all ok).

Answer:

The only correct answer is no, having had a radical prostatectomy does not make most people more susceptible to flu.

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Response by:

R Bruce  Bracken, MD R Bruce Bracken, MD
Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati