How should a prostate cancer patient prepare for their first radiation treatment?

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SeanCavanaughMD (Physician (Verified) ) - 06 / 27 / 2014

The answer to this question depends on the treatment modality selected. Brachytherapy requires an empty rectum while external beam requires a nearly full bladder. There are appropriate preparations for each type of treatment. Regardless of treatment choice, general constitutional health will always be important and partially determines the patient’s tolerance of therapy. For this reason good nutrition, hydration and sleep are always a good idea.
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