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Radiation 30 Years Later
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An_243118 posted:
Not one of the five physicians who recommended radiation to treat my prostate cancer warned me that decades later it could result in ED. Be certain you are dealing with an experienced specialist, not with a
general urologist.
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Sheldon Marks, MD responded:
True. Good news is that you are alive 30 years after treatment !!! so it worked. The radiation treatments today are nothing like what they were decades ago. Far more focused, far fewer side effects.

Yes, radiation is a well known cause of ED that can, as you point out, develop over time. But also remember that there are many other causes of ED that can develop independently from the radiation so please dont assume it is from the XRT- get checked out to be sure it is not from blood vessel disease such as coronary artery issues in your heart or vascular issues, or diabetes, thyroid, liver issues to name a few. Many medications cause ED and many times it just happens as we age. Good luck.


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