What are the possible pelvic bone complications of conventional external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) for prostate cancer?

Updated: Aug 17, 2020
  • Author: Isamettin Andrew Aral, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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A number of pelvic bones receive radiation during the treatment of prostate cancer. As expected, patients undergoing conventional EBRT have a large volume of bone tissue (ie, marrow reserve) irradiated. Weekly complete blood counts should be performed to review this possibility, which is typically noted in white blood cell and platelet counts. Cessation of therapy to allow for recovery of the blood count is rarely necessary.

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