Questions and answers for patients with prostate cancer who may need radiation after prostate surgery (prostatectomy)
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  1. What is radiation planning?
  2. Can I miss a radiation treatment?
  3. Is the radiation treatment painful?
  4. What should I take during radiation (medication, diet, any special preparation)?
  5. Do I need to do anything different during radiation treatment?
  6. Are there any things I should avoid during radiation treatment?
  7. What will happen to me if radiation treatment is not successful?
  8. Can I be treated with radiation seeds after the removal of my prostate?
  9. Should I have any protective shield placed on my body during radiation, like the one I wear when I have my chest x-ray done?
  10. How exactly is radiation delivered?
  11. How long is each radiation session?
  12. How many treatments should I have to kill the cancer cells?
  13. When will I know if I am cured /radiation treatment has worked?
  14. Why are there so many radiation appointments?

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What should I take during radiation (medication, diet, any special preparation)?

Ewa Szumacher, MD, FPCPC, Med