Study: Prostate cancer treatment may cause side effects years later

June 27, 2012 1:55:37 PM PDT
Men who are treated for prostate cancer may still suffer side effects from treatment up to a decade later, a new study finds.

Those include poorer sexual function and bladder-control problems.

But that may still sound like a good tradeoff for having your cancer found and treated.

The issue is complicated.

Prostate cancer is often slow growing and may never get to the point that it threatens a man's life. But many men want treatment once the cancer is discovered.

These findings in the Journal of Clinical Oncology give men more information on the long-term side effects of prostate cancer treatment, whether it's surgery, radiation or hormone therapy.