It’s worrying when symptoms develop after treatment – especially as they may seem like those you had when you were first diagnosed with cancer. The important thing is to do something about it.
With correct treatment the quality of life of patients who suffer from pelvic radiation disease can be improved, bringing relief to thousands of patients who currently suffer debilitating symptoms and feel isolated and alone.
If you are experiencing side or late effects of the kind referred on our page WHAT IS PELVIC RADIATION DISEASE, talk to your oncologist or specialist cancer nurse . Don’t be embarrassed: they are very used to talking about bowel, urinary or sexual problems.
If you experience symptoms after final discharge, go to your GP. He or she may not know very much about pelvic radiation disease, so some patients have found it really useful to take information from this website with them – particularly the section 'Frequently Asked Questions’, the treatment algorithm developed at the Royal Marsden and our FACTS ABOUT LATE EFFECTS OF PELVIC RADIOTHERAPY booklet.
You can also contact us with your questions – they will be referred to our medical advisory panel, and you will usually get a confidential answer within a few days. We have contacts with a range of clinical professionals in most parts of the UK who can often provide useful advice and can sometimes take referrals. But it’s a good idea to check the FAQ page first, as the answer may already be there.
There are many good sources of information from other organisations too: