External Beam Radiation Rectum Burn

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Been there
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/14/2008 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I completed 40 IMRT/IGRT radiation treatments five weeks ago. Half way through the treatments I experienced painful rectum burn. My radiation doc assured me this would go away after I completed the treatments but it has not. On a pain level it is about a 7 and going to the toilet is now something I hate to do. Has anyone here experienced this type of side effect and if so, how long did it last? Did you find a, "cure," for it and if so what was it? Thanks in advance for your responce!

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   Posted 6/15/2008 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
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James C.
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   Posted 6/15/2008 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Been there, Welcome. 

I can't address your question, but someone will most likely be able to later today.  Thanks for coming, hate you have to be here, though.. :-)


James C.
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Age 61
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 (open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08 Caverject started/stopped, aching. 2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
5/7/08 ED- Viagra, pump, no response- Trimix .075ml continues
Post Surgery PSA's:  3 mts-0, 6 mts.-0

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   Posted 6/15/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Stool softener. And patience. Lots of patience.

1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
8/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA still undetectable, but get Lupron shot to bring T down from 27
2/2008 Trip to Houston – PSA now 0.5 and nodules larger. Lupron shot.
6/2008 Trip to Houston - PSA undetectable, T is 20 and only one nodule has grown (from 8mm to 12mm). Feeling much more confident than after 2/2008 reports

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   Posted 6/15/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I had 43 treatments and did not/do not have your problems. I have a friend with similar issues. I'll get in touch with him and let you know what he says. It may take a few days as I'm going to be out of town till Thursday.



Hi Les.
August of 2006, PSA up to 4.2 from 2.7 one year ago. 
October free and total PSA 12% free and 5.0 total.
A month, or so later, 4.7.
Late in the year decide on Image Guided IMRT.
Begin 43 treatments on January 23, 2007 and finish on March 23.
Four month post treatment PSA is 1.9.
Seven month PSA is 0.8.

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   Posted 6/15/2008 10:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks BIll -- will look forward to hearing from you again.
I see you are in Dallas/Ft. Worth and a pilot. I know DFW like the back of my hand -- spent 30 years living there, in Irving, and the past ten years have been living in California. Both my kids were born in Texas and I am a naturalized citizen of Texas!! Got my naturalization papers in Lubbock -- true!!
Where did you get your treatments done? I used to work in doctors offices and hospitals as a clinical chemistry service engineer and know most of the medical facilities in your area. I'm disappointed in the results I got from my radiation regarding the rectal and bowel problems, but I think if I get some positive input from others who have had this problem, telling me they recovered and how long it took, I'd have a better outlook on it. Glad to know you have done well --- congrats!

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   Posted 6/15/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Been there,

And welcome to the forum.  I know you'll find others here who can help.

Please consider yourself as always being here and ask as many questions as you like.

Even though we can't offer medical advice, we can share common experiences and hopefully provide the support you desire.

Also, you may wish to create a signature via the "Control Panel" function such that others can respond to you more appropriately.

Take care, new friend.

Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com

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