For Men Only
Treating men like men. Because prostate cancer afflicts men only, and some patients are uncomfortable discussing their conditions publicly, the Delaware Valley Urology Cancer Treatment Center provides a comfortable alternative to general hospital radiation suites where patient populations are mixed.
Some areas of particular concern to men are discussed in the capsules below.
Radiation therapy can be a cause of impotence or loss of sexual interest among some prostate cancer patients during and after the treatment period. In most cases desire and sexual function return completely after treatment and most couples resume their previous levels of sexual activity.
Radiation therapy can cause hormonal changes that can have an impact on fertility. It’s possible that men’s sperm counts will be reduced during and after treatment, which, in some cases may render them unable to father children. However for those who are able to conceive after treatment, radiation will not affect the health of either mother or child.
Both prostate cancer itself and the radiation treatments that combat it can cause urinary and bladder problems in some patients. These may include burning during or after urination, trouble initiating or sustaining a urine stream, the need to urinate frequently, swelling of the urinary tract, incontinence, blood in the urine or occasional bladder spasms. While none of these symptoms are pleasant, in the majority of cases they will go away completely 4 to 6 weeks after treatment is complete.
Side effects from prostate radiation treatments occasionally include pain with bowel movements, rectal urgency, loose stools and rectal bleeding. Although certainly uncomfortable and unpleasant to deal with, these symptoms will generally go away in a few weeks’ time.
Energy and Activity Levels
Fatigue is one of the most commonly reported side effects of radiation treatment. It is also often a by-product of anxiety and depression, which are natural responses to a cancer diagnosis. The key to managing fatigue is to monitor your body’s signals and manage your activity accordingly. Prioritize your needs and manage your schedule as best you can to avoid exhaustion. If at all possible continue to exercise and maintain an active schedule during your treatment. Most patients will recover their energy levels within four months of completing radiation therapy.
Patients who are interested in speaking to others who have experienced prostate cancer treatment can contact us here to obtain a list of peer counselors from our patient population.
If you have further questions regarding prostate cancer and the effects of treatment, please visit our Learn More About Prostate Cancer page.
Accredited by the premier credentialing body for radiation oncology, ACR (The American College of Radiology).
The Delaware Valley Urology Cancer Treatment Center
2090 Springdale Rd,
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Featuring the Philadelphia area's first RapidArc Radiotherapy suite