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  • By Edward1

    I am in my third week of radiation and have an alarming amount of gas. Is this normal?

  • By Clark

    Hi – I did 33 days of radiation combined with hormone therapy a year ago and did not find that I had any additional gas. This was a second coming of PC after 5 years of remission after the initial surgery, so if you are not in that phase, then my experience may not have been equivalent. I empathize with you because every day the radiologists would ask if I had gas! Kind of embarrassing when they are all women, you have it, and it blocks the area they are going to radiate. They sent me back out a couple of times to work up a fart to clear the area!

    Good luck with your

  • By Richard Faust Moderator

    Hi Edward1. Sorry that you are having these gas issues in relation to the radiation treatment. It does not seem to be a much discussed side effect, however I did find some references. This page from Stanford Health discusses “Managing Gas and Bloating During Cancer Treatment:” In addition, this pamphlet on managing radiation side effects of prostate cancer therapy lists gas as a potential side effect if the bowel gets irritated: Your doctor should be able to provide additional information on what may be happening and what you may be able to do about it. Wishing you the best. Richard ( Team)