UroToday – The Pathophysiology of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms After Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer
“”BERKELEY, CA (UroToday.com) – Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) following brachytherapy are usually considered to subside within a few months of treatment.
However, a subset of patients experience persistent LUTS and Dr. Jerry Blavias and associates from Cornell University characterize this group of patients in a report in the BJU International. “”
This is one retrospective study that examined a subset of patients who had significant urinary side effects at least 6 months after seed therapy (brachytherapy). Only 10% of the private practice patients were included and a subset of the academic patients as well.
This reminds us that a small, but very significant amount of patients have significant urinary problems after brachytherapy.