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.

  • About late effects

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

  • Bladder changes

    Late effects on the bladder can usually be managed or treated successfully. Talk to your doctor about any symptoms.

  • Managing bladder late effects

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

  • Bowel changes

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

  • Managing bowel late effects

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

  • 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.

  • Late effects and sex life

    Pelvic radiotherapy can have some late effects on your sex life. Talk to your doctor for advice on how to manage these.

  • Other late effects

    Pelvic radiotherapy can also cause less common late effects.