Side effects and symptoms

Late effects of pelvic radiotherapy

Find out more about late effects of pelvic radiotherapy and how they can be treated and managed.

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    About late effects

    Some people may have long term or late effects of pelvic radiotherapy. These can usually be treated or managed successfully.

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    Bladder changes

    Pelvic radiotherapy can damage the bladder and the muscles around it. This can change how the bladder functions. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms you may have.

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    If you have blood in your urine

    After radiotherapy to the pelvis, blood vessels in the bladder may be fragile and cause blood in your urine.

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    Managing bladder late effects

    Read about the ways that bladder changes can be treated or managed.

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    Bowel changes

    Late bowel effects of pelvic radiotherapy are usually managed or treated successfully. Talk to your doctor if you notice any symptoms.

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    Managing bowel late effects

    Many bowel problems can be managed or treated successfully, with exercises, drugs and other treatments.

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    Diet and late bowel effects

    Changing your diet may help improve some of the late effects to your bowel of pelvic radiotherapy.

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    Coping with bowel or bladder changes

    Planning ahead can make it easier to cope with the day-to-day problems caused by bladder and bowel changes.

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    Late effects and sex life

    Pelvic radiotherapy can have some late effects on your sex life. Your doctor or nurse can give you advice on how to manage these.

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    Less common late effects

    Pelvic radiotherapy can cause less common late effects.