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External-Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT) For Prostate Cancer

Side Effects From External Radiation: After Treatment

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In general: As a general matter, side effects that appear during radiation treatment may continue for a short while after treatment ends, but then they will gradually disappear.

 If side effects continue longer than expected, contact your doctor. 

Erectile Dysfunction: If you experience erectile dysfunction during treatment, it may continue. It can go on for 2 – 5 years.  About one-half of men do complain of some erectile dysfunction after 5 or 6 years. There are treatments for erectile dysfunction. To learn more, see the document in To Learn More. 

Chemotherapy:  If you have chemotherapy after radiation treatment, some drugs used for chemotherapy may sensitize the skin to radiation. The skin that was exposed to the radiation beam may develop particularly severe inflammation, rashes, or sores. This is known as "radiation recall."  If it occurs, tell your doctor.

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