Originally Posted by bwhitney
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?
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,