Posted 2/20/2016 2:06 PM (GMT -6)
Side effects of salvage RT are different from primary RT. Acute urinary side effects include frequency, urgency, and burning. Medications can help with those. Because they are radiating the anastomosis, you can experience both incontinence and urinary retention at the same time. Acute rectal side effects include frequency, urgency, tenesmus, bleeding, and hemorrhoids. Erectile function may deteriorate. If they are treating your pelvic lymph nodes, you may experience bowel problems. It's rare, but go to the ER if you can't pee or if you bleed copiously. Tell your RO if you experience pain during the treatments.
I hope you are taking tamoxifen for the man boobs. Exercise during treatments is especially important to combat fatigue, improve mood, protect healthy tissue and help the radiation do its job.