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  • Stomach problems after radiation

    Hello all,

    Right before I was diagnosed with TC I was bothered with pain and pressure under my left ribcage.
    I didn’t pay attention to this because was busy with fighting TC.
    After radiation treatment I was diagnosed with duodenitis and H-pylori bacteria.
    It is almost a month since my treatment for this bacteria is over but I still have this pain there.
    I heard that radiation treatment can do bad things with stomach.
    Did anybody else have this experience?



  • #2
    I heard that radiation treatment can do bad things with stomach
    I finished rad treatments (27Gy) on August 28th. My stomach still hasn't felt quite "right" since. I get the occasional pains and upset stomach that as far as I know I never had before. Talking with my Rad Onc and Urologist about this they told me everyone is different when it comes down to feeling completely "normal". They also said radiation damage to various things (stomach lining, rectal lining, intestines, etc) all start happening around 10Gy so all I can do is take a wait and see approach. I can't say the pain is awful and I don't even have it all of the time, but I'm not back to completely normal yet.
    diagnosed 28 June 06. Orchiectomy 29 June 06. Stage 1 Seminoma with no evidence of spread or Vasc invasion. Finished adjuvant RT (27Gy) to abdominal and pelvic area August 28th, 2006.


    • #3
      Have a blood chemistry done. I just had a bought with pancreatitis. I like my beer, but not to excess (I had 2 on New Years eve and went to sleep at 9). The Onc and Gastroenterologist said I'm more susceptible to this sort of thing due to damage from the radiation.
      I Love My Pack!



      • #4
        I think here is the answer to my question.

        Subset analysis of 41 patients revealed 1 patient who developed peptic ulcer disease and 11 patients with gastrointestinal reflux symptoms after RT.

        Patients treated with adjuvant low-dose RT to the paraaortic and pelvic fields for treatment of early-stage seminoma enjoy an excellent long-term cure rate with minimal risk of late RT complications.


        • #5
          Good article Alex, thanks for finding it! I'm posting it to the research library as well.

          Mark, you made ME look like a party animal...I had 2 glasses of champagne and was in bed sound asleep at 10!!
          Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.