Rectal damage

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Surgery but particularly radiotherapy

to the rectum (for example for prostate cancer) can cause some chronic inflammation (proctitis). The most common symptoms include:

This at the least can be inconvenient or at its worse can lead to embarrassment and anxiety in relation to leaving the house.

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