Dear Dr. Motola,
I underwent brachytherapy and HDR treatments for advanced prostate cancer 16 months ago. This past week I've been experiencing off and on bleeding, with some clots, from the penis. I consulted both family doctor and urologist, but they indicated it was probably from my prostate and did not seem concerned. There is no UTI.
Is this a common occurrence? Should we have further testing done; i.e., scope or CT scan? Obviously, I am quite concerned and just trying to reassure myself that this is a possible side effect of the radiation. Thank you.
If you are experiencing hematuria (blood in urine), and especially passing clots in your urine, cystoscopy should definitely be considered. Secondary cancers of the urinary tract have been reported in patients after undergoing radiation therapy. Cystoscopy and an imaging study of the upper urinary tracts will probably be necessary. Talk to your doctor about this course of treatment.
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Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. However, persistent gum bleeding may be due to serious medical conditions such as leukemia and bleeding and platelet disorders.
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It is important to follow the instructions from your dentist in order to maintain healthy gums. Improper brushing and flossing technique may actually irritate or traumatize the gum tissue.
Bleeding gums are mainly due to inadequate plaque removal from the teeth at the gum line. This will lead to a condition called gingivitis , or inflamed gums.
If plaque is not removed through regular brushing and dental appointments, it will harden into what is known as tartar. Ultimately, this will lead to increased bleeding and a more advanced form of gum and jawbone disease known as periodontitis .
Other causes of bleeding gums include:
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