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What are the major side effects after the treatment for prostate cancer ?

Following treatment for prostate cancer, some men may experience :
From the day you were diagnosed with cancer, you’ve probably looked forward to getting back to your “normal” life. However, the disease may have dominated your life for so long that it might take some time to get back into your regular routine after your treatment is done. It’s important to give yourself and your loved ones time to adjust.

Incontinence

The inability to control urination affects about 10 percent of men who have been treated for prostate cancer.
– Stress incontinence
– Overflow incontinence
– Urge incontinence
Normal bladder function often returns within weeks after surgery or after radiation treatments have stopped.

Impotence

Impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction, is the inability to have an erection. Impotence can result from surgery, radiation therapy, or hormone therapies. In the months following surgery, some potency may return.
– Drugs such as sildenafil (Viagra) can help a man achieve an erection.
– Vacuum devices also assist in achieving an erection.
– Penile implants can be inserted surgically to help create an erection.

Physical Discomfort

Physical discomfort after treatment for prostate cancer may include:
– Fatigue caused by radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or hormone therapies.
– Nausea and vomiting caused by radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
– Hair loss from chemotherapy.

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