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Bladder Cancer and Prostate Cancer - Any correlation?

11 years 4 months ago #6811 by wendy

I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer (Pc) about 5 years ago. After beam radiation and seeds implant (Brachytherapy), <> Anyone know of any studies that have either correlated the two diseases or indicate radiation as a possible cause of bladder cancer?


Hi,

I've been hanging around bladder cancer patients for a long time and rarely meet men with your history of treated prostate cancer followed by superficial bladder cancer. I don't think there is a connection. And for sure radiation treatments have been known to cause second cancers way down the road but the problem is biggest for children as most adult cancer pts treated with radiation probably won't live long enough for it to catch up with them.

I'm a breast cancer survivor, had radiation to the chest and armpit, the risk of lung mets in 20 yrs is kind of big in my case. I was 43 at the time. I don't worry about it as untreated cancer will also kill someone sooner rather than later, save perhaps for superficial bladder cancer.

Take care,
Wendy
Cheers!

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11 years 4 months ago #6776 by timb
well, my consultant seemed pretty surprised it was there at the age of 43

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11 years 5 months ago #6713 by Patricia
The only link i've read of is radiation treatment of cervical cancers on women being a potential causative of bladder cancer in women.
I have not seen anything about radiation to the prostate and a link to bladder cancers in men.
My father also had the radiation beads implanted at age 74 but no subsequent bladder cancer........i got that!!!
Pat

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11 years 5 months ago #6710 by wsilberstein

there seems a high-ish incidence of people on the site who have had cystectomies only to discover that their post-cystectomy prostate pathology reveals a malignancy in the prostate. see the thread in the mens section on post-cystectomy prostate pathology...

I once had a urologic oncologist tell me that the vast majority of older men will have some low-grade prostate malignancy found if they have biopsies. The older you get , the more likely it is to happen, so it isn't a big surpirse if prostates removed at cystectomy show unexpected prostate cancer, especially if the men are older as the incidence increases with advancing age.
That's a different issue than the question of whether or not the treatment for prostate cancer increases the incidence of bladder cancer.

-Warren
TaG3 + CIS 12/2000. TURB + Mitomycin C (No BCG)
Urethral stricture, urethroplasty 10/2009
CIS 11/2010 treated with BCG. CIS 5/2012 treated with BCG/interferon
T1G3 1/2013. Radical Cystectomy 3/5/2013, No invasive cancer. CIS in right ureter.
Incontinent. AUS implant 2/2014. AUS explant...

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11 years 5 months ago #6703 by timb
there seems a high-ish incidence of people on the site who have had cystectomies only to discover that their post-cystectomy prostate pathology reveals a malignancy in the prostate. see the thread in the mens section on post-cystectomy prostate pathology...

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11 years 5 months ago #6697 by Rosie
Rocketbee,

My daughter's father-in-law who is also a friend of mine had your same seed procedure for prostate cancer and then came up with bladder cancer. We discussed our mutual bladder cancer experience and the possibility that the radiation seeds caused the bladder tumor. We think it more than a coincidence that the bladder tumor did not show itself until after the prostate treatment. The doctor told him there was no connection but it does make us wonder. More and more is surfacing about the use of radiation and possible formation of tumors.
Rosie Ambs

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