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Pelvic radiation disease (PRD) symptoms come in two different forms:
PRD is different from the symptoms that most women experience during their radiotherapy, which usually go away within a few weeks or months of treatment ending and can often be managed with medication. These immediate symptoms are sometimes known as ‘acute’ symptoms, compared with the long term or ‘chronic’ symptoms that women with PRD suffer from . The chronic symptoms are the ones that are often misdiagnosed.
PRD can cause a variety of short and long term physical symptoms to the organs and tissues within the pelvis, these can range from mild to severe.
The physical symptoms of PRD can also affect the quality of life of those who suffer from them. This can be just as difficult to cope with as the physical symptoms. The psychological symptoms can include changes to a woman’s:
The below video features a medical expert discussing the possible symptoms of PRD, when they might start and where to find support. It also features two women who are living with this condition talking about their experiences with PRD and how they manage the symptoms.