Hemorrhoid - from radiation?

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Jerry L.
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   Posted 1/13/2011 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, it's official --- I'm old.

Got an embarrassing question:

I had a colonoscopy last August. Two smal polyps found, non cancerous. A few weeks after this I noticed a bump. Dr. that did my colonoscopy says it was a hemorrhoid. After no exercise for a few weeks, it went away.

Started to do more exercising in the past few weeks/months - got it back.

I had radiation back in April, 2009. Can radiation cause hemorrhoids? 

I never had these before.

(I knew I should have come up with a better login name than my real name)

Jerry L.
Nov. 2009 Dx at Age 44
Dec. 2009 DaVinci Robotic Surgery
Jan. 2010 T3b, Gleason 9
Feb. 2010 Adjuvant Radiation

PSA History:
Nov. 2009 4.30
Feb. 2010 <.05
May 2010 <.05
Aug. 2010 <.05
Nov. 2010 <.05

Post Edited (Jerry L.) : 1/13/2011 7:15:22 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/13/2011 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Can't give a definitive answer, but I believe that RT will only aggrevate an existing herroriod contition.
Dx PCa Dec 2008 at 56, PSA 3.4
Biopsy: T1c, Geason 7 (3+4) - 8 cores, 4 positive, 30% of all 4 cores.
Robotic Surgery March 2009 Hartford Hospital, Dr Wagner
Pathology Report: T2c, Geason 8, organ confined, negitive margins, lymph nodes negitive - tumor volume 9%, nerves spared, no negitive side effects of surgery.
PSA's < .01, .01, .07, .28, .50. HT 5/10. IMRT 9/10.
PSA's post HT .01, < .01

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   Posted 1/13/2011 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had the 'roids since a rectal fistula a few (~5) years ago. When We did all the scheduling for DaVinci surgery, and then for IGRT, they sent me to a colo-rectal guy for pre-approval.
He commented that my rectum looked like a patchwork quilt. There were serious compliments for the surgeons work, but the warning that radiation would be problematic.
Short version - a past (before radiation) problem with significant rectal bleeding every 8-12 months is now (6 months post-IGRT) every 4-6 weeks. I take a lot of antibiotics, and hope it will improve.
The connection to radiation appears to be there, in my non-physician's view.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 1/14/2011 5:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I've have roids most of my life. You'll get used to them shocked

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   Posted 1/14/2011 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Jerry, fret not about the name thing. I'm really Dave and do drive a GTO. No biggie.

I too have suffered the 'roids for year. Usually they come on from stress. Too much spicy food can also irritate. Get your doc to write a scrip for a cream called analpram. Stuff is a gift from God!

Hope it helps and you feel better

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