Part 4 of six posts today about proton beam therapy. To start from the top, click here.
Harold Peters of Tennessee on post-treatment side effects of therapy
My eight weeks at LLUMC was an extended holiday, with free daily use of the LLU recreation center a definite bonus. However, as it turned out, I am one of the small percentage who did experience post-treatment side effects. There were none whatsoever during the treatment, but we were cautioned that a small percentage of those receiving proton treatment might experience some post-treatment bleeding—either rectally or during ejaculation, or both. I experienced both.
Harold, you were one of a few men who contacted me mentioning that they experienced some side effects from proton beam therapy. Have you heard of many other men in your position? My sense is that it's rare for men to have significant side effects from proton beam therapy, but I think that there may, in fact, be more out there than the bulk of the comments suggest. I know that some men with side effects aren't very comfortable talking about things like bloody stools or ejaculate, and I applaud your courage and openness in sharing your experience.