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Old 03-04-2011, 05:53 AM   #1
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Good news for post operative problems.

HI Everyone,

For all of you that are suffering from the post effects of prostatectomy or radiation treatment, and are wondering if the problems will every go away, this study might make you feel better.


"Treatments for localized prostate cancer have the potential to decrease a man's quality of life. But this tends to improve over time, according to a study reported in The Journal of Urology (Volume 183, page 2206).

The study included 1,269 men who underwent treatment for clinically localized prostate cancer. The treatments used were radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy, combined external beam radiotherapy/brachytherapy, or androgen-deprivation therapy. Questionnaires were used to assess health-related quality of life after prostate treatment.

The researchers found that all treatments worsened urinary bother, sexual function, and sexual bother. Men who underwent radical prostatectomy had the most pronounced worsening of urinary function at first, but they also had the greatest recovery. All types of radiation therapy worsened bowel function and bother, but the men were back to where they were initially after four years of follow-up.

Bottom line: If you undergo any treatment for prostate cancer, expect to experience problems with urinary and sexual function initially. The good news is that these problems will generally improve within the first two years after prostate treatment. But don't wait for two years to see if the side effects go away. Talk to your doctor early on. A variety of therapeutic options are available to help you manage these side effects."

Have a great day...Lionel

 
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:39 PM   #2
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Re: Good news for post operative problems.

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HI Everyone,

For all of you that are suffering from the post effects of prostatectomy or radiation treatment, and are wondering if the problems will every go away, this study might make you feel better.


"Treatments for localized prostate cancer have the potential to decrease a man's quality of life. But this tends to improve over time, according to a study reported in The Journal of Urology (Volume 183, page 2206).

The study included 1,269 men who underwent treatment for clinically localized prostate cancer. The treatments used were radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy, combined external beam radiotherapy/brachytherapy, or androgen-deprivation therapy. Questionnaires were used to assess health-related quality of life after prostate treatment.

The researchers found that all treatments worsened urinary bother, sexual function, and sexual bother. Men who underwent radical prostatectomy had the most pronounced worsening of urinary function at first, but they also had the greatest recovery. All types of radiation therapy worsened bowel function and bother, but the men were back to where they were initially after four years of follow-up.

Bottom line: If you undergo any treatment for prostate cancer, expect to experience problems with urinary and sexual function initially. The good news is that these problems will generally improve within the first two years after prostate treatment. But don't wait for two years to see if the side effects go away. Talk to your doctor early on. A variety of therapeutic options are available to help you manage these side effects."

Have a great day...Lionel
Well, I sppose that is good news. I am coming up on my second year, this july, since I started my treatment, a combi brachy/ebrt,hormonal program. My life has been a living hell. It started back in July, a year after treatment with pain after a BM and got progressively worse. I am suffering from radiation proctitis, a radiation ulceration that so far has refused to heal. I now face the prospect of a colostomy, hopefully temporary. I am trying everything. Next week I hope the start Hyperbaric oxygen therapy that I hope will speed the healing process. I really hope to avoid the colostomy.

 
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Old 03-05-2011, 07:27 AM   #3
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Re: Good news for post operative problems.

Hi Bwhitney,

Sorry to hear about your ongoing problems. I hope they resolve themselves eventually. As that study suggested, it can take four years to get back to normal. I can appreciate that four years or even a couple of years, can seem like an impossible length of time especially in your case with the problems you are experiencing.

I can only wish you the very best of results with your treatment and let's hope that it does some good. Keep us informed, please.

I've often wondered about the hyperbaric oxygen therapy and wondered if it would have any benefit for the treatment of prostate cancer after an initial treatment such as RP or salvage radiation. I did send an email to a company here in Canada that provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy to ask them that question, but the answer I got back was very vague and non-committal. It sounded like they wanted me to show up at their doorstep so they could possibly talk me into some kind of treatment. I didn't pursue it any farther. I would be very interested in knowing how you make out with your treatment.

Best of luck. Lionel.

 
Old 03-05-2011, 01:20 PM   #4
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Re: Good news for post operative problems.

Well, Lionel, you seem to be surviving the canadian health system. That is god to know. I am from St. Catharines originally. I am giving a lot of thoyght to returning. The cost of my insurance here is getting hard to meet.

I will definitely keep the Board up to date on my tratment, esp. the HBO therapy. It would appear that no one who follows the Boards has gone through what I am dealing with. It would be nice to hear from some one who has.

I really thought I was on the mend the past week. The past 2 days have given me a major set back, a lot of pain. I have been hoping to mend enough so as to not need the surgery, but maybe I won't be so lucky.

Thanks for your encouragement.

BWhitney

 
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