Radiation therapy is one way to go about treating and managing prostate cancer. But like most cancer treatments, radiation therapy does have associated side effects. Although these side effects tend to be mild and differ depending on the doses administered and the patients overall health before and during the entire treatment period.
Why choose radiation therapy for prostate cancer?
Urologists in the U.S, like in most parts of the world, advise patients to go for radiation therapy when dealing with prostate cancer for one good reason: this kind of treatment hardly affects the patient’s normal day to day life. Unlike surgery, radiation therapy does not render the patient completely incapacitated for a certain period of time.undergoing radiotherapy This means that people receiving radiation therapy can go about the normal day to day activities such as working and socializing.
Side effects of radiation therapy
The common misconception is that radiation therapy will make the patient sicker or lose hair. The truth is that this means of treatment is localized. This means that it only affects the part of body that is being treated. With prostate cancer, patients do not have to worry about losing scalp hair. There are, however, some associated side effects that commonly present:
Fatigue: Patients tend to experience fatigue – sometimes a severe one. The degree of this constant state of exhaustion depends on whether the patient is taking other forms of treatment such as chemotherapy as well as radiation.
Skin problems: Dryness, blistering, itching and peeling are just some skin problems that some radiation therapy patients tend to experience. However, these problems commonly stop after the treatment course is finished.
The good thing is that many of the associated side effects of radiation therapy tend to disappear a few weeks after the sessions are completed. There are, however, rare cases of severe side effects such as the development of other cancers due to the radiation, but this only happens in the rarest of cases.
All things considered, radiation therapy is one of the most viable and patient friendly ways to deal with prostate cancer. Patients who want to go about with their lives while undergoing treatment would be well advised to choose this course of action. It is however, advisable to seek medical advice from professionally qualified urologists.
Advanced prostate cancer institutes can be found in most major cities and hospitals in the world. These facilities often have some highly qualified urologists. A patient in need can call or email several institutes to get more information on this course of treatment as well as other available options.