After moderating here and managing live support groups for multiple years, I have observed that the radiation oncology industry is no less susceptible to sugar coating side effects than any other core competency in this business. Adjuvant, salvage, or primary treatment with radiation can be just as debilitating as other forms of therapy. In some cases it is soon after treatment and in some cases it happens later, many times much later. Radiation oncology is the science of mapping the treatment program, designing the appropriate program based on individual physiology, and delivering the treatment ~ which by the way is seldom done solely by the radiation oncologist. We know that radiation can in fact be delivered well, I can speak for that, but we have also learned than no form of radiation delivery is flawless.
Nickanick the appropriate doctor to turn to for the SE's from radiation is the gastro-entorologist. Once damage to the intestines is done, they have the best tools to deliver therapy to resolve or ease these SE's.
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 49 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/16/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.