If you’ve recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and you and your doctor have decided that radiation treatment is the best decision for you, you and your family likely have dozens of questions. From what it feels like, to how long it takes, this article will discuss 5 things to expect during your radiation treatment.
- Will it Hurt?
When you first think of radiation therapy, big beams of light shooting into your prostate might come to mind, however, radiation treatment isn’t painful and isn’t something that you should be too worried about.
- How Long Does it Take?
Depending on how far along your prostate cancer is, you will have to undergo a series of radiation treatment. According to Cancer.org, you will be typically be treated for 5 days a week in an outpatient center for up to 7-9 weeks. Each treatment session only takes a few minutes, however, plan for a longer amount of preparation time in order to get ready for the procedure.
- What Will Take Place During the Surgery?
The set-up of radiation treatment is similar to that of receiving an X-Ray. However, because the area that your radiologist is trying to target is small, you may be fitted for a cast that will ensure that you don’t move at all during the procedure–this will help to reduce the chance of nicking another area like your bowel or bladder.
- Are There Side-Effects?
When considering whether or not radiation treatment is right for your prostate cancer, it’s important to consider the possible side-effects that could occur after the procedure. Although unlikely, side effects of radiation for the treatment of prostate cancer include:
- Bowel Problems
- Erectile Dysfunction
- What is recovery time like?
Depending on how severe your prostate cancer is, recovery time could be anywhere from a few weeks up to several months. And if the radiation is successful, you can go on living a completely normal life.
The C-word is something that we all dread hearing about. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer and are looking to undergo radiation treatment, understanding the answers to these 5 questions will help to ease your mind and prepare you for the next steps.
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