External beam radiation therapy is given to you five days a week for four to eight weeks. The total dose of radiation and the number of treatments you need depends on the size of your prostate cancer, your general health, and other medical treatments you have had or need to have.
What are the side effects of radiation treatment for prostate cancer?
Potential side effects of external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer may include:
Difficult or painful urination.
Blood in the urine.
Painful bowel movements.
What not to eat during radiation therapy?
Try substituting Quinoa for white rice in meals to increase your protein intake. Eat a variety of protein foods that are low in fat. Include seafood, lean meat and poultry, Greek yogurts, eggs, beans, soy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds.
What are the most common side effects of radiation therapy?
But if radiation therapy is aimed at a part of the body that grows hair, such as the scalp, a person may have hair loss.
Skin problems. Some people who receive radiation therapy experience dryness, itching, blistering, or peeling.
Long-term side effects.
Head and neck.
Stomach and abdomen.
Can you do surgery after radiation for prostate cancer?
For instance, if your initial treatment is surgery to remove the prostate (prostatectomy), radiation therapy and hormone therapy may be options for you later, if necessary. However, there is one exception. Prostatectomy isn’t an option after radiation therapy for prostate cancer, except in very few specific cases.