Radiation Scatter


Jim, I have been diagnosed with intermediate prostate cancer and am receiving hormone treatment and will soon start Radiation therapy. I have been awarded SMC-K for ED and temporary 100% for cancer. My question is will the VA consider intestinal issues as a residual of the cancer treatment? There can be damage to the colon from the radiation. Thank you in advance for your response.


Jim's Reply:

Radiation treatments, whether direct beam radiation or implanted 'seeds', can cause damage to nearby delicate tissues as the active components of the radioactive beam or implant may 'scatter' as treatment commences. This is a potential problem and if such a complication should occur, you may file a claim for that residual effect.