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06/14/2009 10:08 AM

external beam radiation side effects

Paul30
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I have just completed 9 weeks of radiation and I am wondering what to expect in terms of any sexual recovery. I can get an erection o.k. but I cannot seem to come to an organism....no fluid nor completion.

Will this improve over time or do I just have to learn to live with it. Would be interested in hearing any other men's experiences? Am taking 5 mg of cialis daily for nerve regenertion.

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06/14/2009 10:29 AM
ray2135

Hi Paul

There will not be any fluid since you have supposedly radiated the prostate and seminole vesicles.

You can get a completion, it just will not be messy.

As for erections - the radiation could have irritated the nerves or injured the blood flow (veins). Either of those might create ed problems. The cialis is for the blood flow. The nerve damage more commonly doesn;t kick in until about 8 months after radiation - and I do not know if it can be corrected.

If you are getting anti-androgen therapy, it also can cause ed. I was told it can and usually does kick in as quickly as 1 month after the therapy is started.

Of course these are just the bits of information I have been able to obtain from lots of different discussions with doctors and from the internet. Everyone's experience is different.

Good Luck, Raoul


06/14/2009 10:34 AM
Paul30
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Raoul, thanks very much for the quick reply, you confirmed probably what I already suspected, my situation will probably get worse in 8 months, it just puzzles me why I cannot get some sort of completion with organism. Paul30

06/14/2009 10:39 AM
ray2135

Hi Paul

You can. Relax.

Did you have IMRT? ANd are you on anti-androgens - IE trelstar or lupron?

Raoul


06/14/2009 11:12 AM
Paul30
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Raoul

I had a 6 on the gleason score so my doctor said I needed only 3D conformal Radiation Therapy Photon, no hormone therapy needed. Tough decision to proceed, my Doctor said I would not die of prostate cancer over the next ten years but he would recommend I do something about it now, I was concerned about waiting and having to take a more aggressive treatment approach. Paul30 Thanks


06/14/2009 11:16 AM
Paul30
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Raoul

Forgot to add that it sounds like I need to be more patient with my organism problem? When you say "just relax" it gives me a little hope! I know I probably made the right decision in going ahead with the radiation but now its getting over the emotional impact of losing some of my sexuality. I am just hoping I can adjust o.k. to it. I have a terrific wife who has been with me a long time.


06/14/2009 11:23 PM
mack1243

I underwent Radiation. It is by far the worst treatment, as after that, you have no options except salvage Chemo. And you wish you were dead. Having said that I would get on wheat grass, unless your PSA stays at zero. As far as your sex life it comes back unless you are on androgen depirvation therapy. You are you are not in the game until finish that treatment.

06/15/2009 12:17 PM
Paul30
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Mack1243

Thanks very much for sending your note, still a little confused. I am 6 weeks past my last radiation session so I do not go back for a PSA test until another 10 weeks. Hopefully, the radiation worked and my results will be acceptable because I had a 6 on the Gleason test and my Doctor said I do not need androgen deprivation therapy. My question is whether I will ever achieve any kind of organism that I was used to? Right now I have none. Also, what is it with the wheat grass, I have heard this a few times as a solution.

Thanks

Paul30


06/15/2009 07:39 PM
mack1243

Wheat grass is grown and juiced and you drink the stuff. It seems to be working keeping my PSA to low levels. .15 last week. My beam theraphy failed and my PSA went up to 3.5 and that's when I started on the wheat grass. Google wheat grass and you'll see what I mean.
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