Side Effects

Side Effects

Side effects during/after treatment

CyberKnife Radiosurgery

Mild to moderate urinary problems and mild fatigue for 1-2 months; about 1% of patients need catheterization for urinary retention; resume normal activity immediately after treatment

External Beam Radiotherapy(EBRT) 

 

Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy(IMRT)

Mild urinary and bowel problems and mild fatigue for 2 months; need for catheterization for urinary retention is rare; resume normal activity immediately after treatment

 

Calypso-Guided EEBRT/IMRT

Mild urinary and bowel problems and mild fatigue for 2 months; need for catheterization for urinary retention is rare; resume normal activity immediately after treatment

High-Dose-Rate(HDR)Brachytherapy

Mild pain from catheters; moderate urinary problems and fatigue for 1-2 months; about 3% of patients need catheterization for urinary retention; resume normal activity 1-2 days after leaving the hospital

Low-Dose-Rate(LDR)Brachytherapy(Seed Implant)

Pain at needle insertions; mild to severe urinary symptoms for 1-3 months; brief, mild fatigue; about 8% of patients need catheterization of urinary retention; resume normal activity day after implant

Long-term side effects

CyberKnife Radiosurgery

Despite receiving a dose similar to brachytherapy, long-term urinary effects are not common and rectal injury is rare; 20-30% patients develop erectile dysfunction

External Beam Radiotherapy(EBRT) 

 

Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy(IMRT)

Long-term urinary and rectal injury is not common; approximately 1/3 of patients develop erectile dysfunction

 

Calypso-Guided EEBRT/IMRT

Long-term urinary and rectal injury is not common; approximately 1/3 of patients develop erectile dysfunction

High-Dose-Rate(HDR)Brachytherapy

Occasional long-term urinary effects; rectal injury is rare; approximately 1/3 of patients develop erectile dysfunction

Low-Dose-Rate(LDR)Brachytherapy(Seed Implant)

Frequent long-term urinary effects; rectal injury is not common; approximately 1/3 of patients develop erectile dysfunction

Contact Information

Radiosurgery Center
550 17th Ave.
Suite A10
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-320-7130
Fax: 206-320-7137
Office Hours: Monday-Friday. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m
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