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Old 09-25-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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BM Issues.

I had 35 sessions of IMRT and had 52 seeds implanted a year ago. The results were great. Had a cancer with a Gleason of 8 and a staging of T3a. With my checkup last month, there were no signs of the cancer and my psa is .005.

During treatment there were urinary and bowel issues related to frequency and urgency, which was of course anticipated. Now urinary function s are pretty much normal but I am having BM issues. I need to go the bathroom at least 4-5 times in the morning. I haven't passed a good stool since before treatment started. The clinic says everything looks normal and this is probably unrelated to the treatment. I have tried less fiber and more fiber but without any success. I had hoped over time this issue would lessen or even disappear. This is more than just an inconvenience. I have had several accidents and I am not happy about that. Anyone out there with similar issues?

 
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I had 35 sessions of IMRT and had 52 seeds implanted a year ago. The results were great. Had a cancer with a Gleason of 8 and a staging of T3a. With my checkup last month, there were no signs of the cancer and my psa is .005.

During treatment there were urinary and bowel issues related to frequency and urgency, which was of course anticipated. Now urinary function s are pretty much normal but I am having BM issues. I need to go the bathroom at least 4-5 times in the morning. I haven't passed a good stool since before treatment started. The clinic says everything looks normal and this is probably unrelated to the treatment. I have tried less fiber and more fiber but without any success. I had hoped over time this issue would lessen or even disappear. This is more than just an inconvenience. I have had several accidents and I am not happy about that. Anyone out there with similar issues?
Hi bwhitney

Congratulations on the low PSA. Hopefully it stays down there for a long period of time. I am skeptical on your clinic statement that the problem is not related to the treatment (unless you are taking other medicine causing the problem).

Four years ago I had IMRT (no seeds implant) and also experienced proctitis, occasionally with traces of blood in a not so consistent stool, but in my case that came to normal four months after the end of RT with medicines. This is a very common side effect from radiation treatments and in worse cases the symptoms last for long periods of time usually up to 4 years. Rectum sensation at discharge is still not fully recuperated however I am not incontinent.
I never stop taking fiber as it is a good fighter against the problem and at the same time as a protector against possible rectum cancer from proctitis.

Wishing you the best,
Baptista

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Re: BM Issues.

Hi Bwhitney,

I can sympathize with your situation. I had radiation treatment a little more than a year ago for a recurring gleason 8 cancer and I suffered the exact same problems that you are having. Several bowel movements in the morning and sometimes a lot of urgency with them. As one person on this heathboard system said a while back " You have about 30 seconds to get to a toilet before it's too late. " So true!

But cheer up. As time goes by, things will gradually improve. It is now about a year and a half since I finished the radiation and things are almost back to normal now. For a while though, I wondered if I would ever be normal again. I knew what it was like to have several urgent bowel movements in the morning and that would make planning any activity in the mornings a real pain in the butt ( pun intended! ).

But hang in there and I'm sure you will see an improvement in due time.

Take care...Lionel

 
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Hi Bwhitney,
W ell, thanks for the words of encouragement. Lately I have been feeling that things were going the other way. I have appts. thursday with my GI guy and a anal-rectal specialist. My butt has been through hell and there are now some other issues which I am sure can be dealt with. Meanwhile I am trying to modify my diet, trying to see what works and what to avoid. Yeah, and trying to plan out my days around this "inconvenience". Sometimes thirty seconds is not enough. You have given me hope. Thanks once again.



I can sympathize with your situation. I had radiation treatment a little more than a year ago for a recurring gleason 8 cancer and I suffered the exact same problems that you are having. Several bowel movements in the morning and sometimes a lot of urgency with them. As one person on this heathboard system said a while back " You have about 30 seconds to get to a toilet before it's too late. " So true!

But cheer up. As time goes by, things will gradually improve. It is now about a year and a half since I finished the radiation and things are almost back to normal now. For a while though, I wondered if I would ever be normal again. I knew what it was like to have several urgent bowel movements in the morning and that would make planning any activity in the mornings a real pain in the butt ( pun intended! ).

But hang in there and I'm sure you will see an improvement in due time.

Take care...Lionel

 
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