Some form of erectile, urinary, and bowel dysfunction is normal following initial therapy for localized prostate cancer. But it’s important to realize that not all symptoms are normal, and that some require immediate care.
|What to look for||Why it is dangerous|
|Erection lasting for more than four hours
or an increasingly cold, bluish penis following
|Lack of fresh circulating oxygenated blood can
cause damage to the penile tissue
|Inability to urinate or incomplete
emptying of the bladder
|A backup of urine can cause infections
and bladder or kidney damage
|Constipation lasting for more than four days||A backup of stool can cause infections and damage to the bowel|
|Excessive and/or uncontrolled diarrhea||Too much water loss that accompanies diarrhea can lead to
dehydration, lightheadedness, fainting, and collapse
|Excessive and/or continuous rectal or
|Too much blood loss can lead to lightheadedness, fainting,
and collapse or other serious problems; blood clots in the
bladder can block the passage of urine
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