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Are there any side effects to treatments for prostate cancer?


Yes, there are some side effects linked to various treatment options used for prostate cancer, and the severity of each varies from minor annoyances to serious complications. Treatment options for prostate cancer include watchful waiting, surgery, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy, cryosurgery, chemotherapy, ultrasounds and proton beam radiation therapy.

Many treatments share similar side effects. Depending on the therapies selected, possible side effects for prostate cancer treatment include:

• Impotence
• Urinary problems
• Increased risk of bladder or rectal cancer
• Hot flashes
• Loss of sexual desire
• Depression
• Breast enlargement
• Diarrhea
• Nausea
• Rashes
• Osteoporosis

It is important to note that not everyone who receives treatment for prostate cancer will experience these side effects.