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I’M 80 and have been ma­chine. This is the com­mon trou­bled by a lot of wind in the type of ra­dio­ther­apy used for past 18 months. It’s very many types of can­cer. em­bar­rass­ing. Is there In­ter­nal ra­dio­ther­apy is a some­thing I should be do­ing treat­ment which in­volves a to stop it? small ra­dioac­tive im­plant

We all ex­pe­ri­ence gas but be­ing placed into the some peo­ple have pain, burp can­cer­ous tu­mour or next to ex­ces­sively or pass large the tu­mour. amounts of wind. Oc­ca­sion­ally greater than I HAVE chronic dry throat, nor­mal amounts of gas are de­spite drink­ing plenty of pro­duced and there are wa­ter. Could it be a sign of sev­eral sit­u­a­tions where this some­thing else? may oc­cur, in­clud­ing air Hav­ing a chronic dry throat swal­low­ing, di­etary fac­tors can be a side ef­fect of and less com­monly, bowel sev­eral med­i­ca­tions in­clud­ing dis­eases. Changes to the diet, tri­cyclic an­tide­pres­sants, var­i­ous medicines and an­ti­his­tamines, anti-epilep­tic prod­ucts that de­odorise gas med­i­ca­tion, anti-psy­chotic may be help­ful. Foods which med­i­ca­tion, beta are known to in­crease the block­ers and amount of gas in­clude di­uret­ics or wa­ter broc­coli, Brus­sels sprouts and tablets. It can also starchy foods such as pota­toes oc­cur if there is and corn or high fi­bre foods mouth breath­ing such as peas and beans. which can be

be­cause of a I HAVE can­cer of the prostate blocked nose or and am due ra­dio­ther­apy other causes. soon. What does this en­tail? Some­times anx­i­ety

Ra­dio­ther­apy is a treat­ment can cause th­ese symp­toms. which uses high en­ergy Speak to your GP. beams of ra­di­a­tion which are fo­cused on can­cer­ous, I AM a 60-year-old man with ma­lig­nant tis­sue. This kills what I be­lieve are ab­nor­mally can­cer cells or stops the small tes­ti­cles. They’ve al­ways can­cer cells from mul­ti­ply­ing. been like this. Should I have Rad­i­cal ra­dio­ther­apy may be this checked out? Is it a sign used as an al­ter­na­tive to of some­thing else? surgery and is of­ten used for I’m not sure whether you men who are not fit enough have had any chil­dren or or who have cho­sen not to have been able to have have an op­er­a­tion. There are nor­mal sex­ual re­la­tion­ships two types of ra­dio­ther­apy but if you have not had that are used for prostate prob­lems in ei­ther of th­ese can­cer, ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal. ar­eas then it is un­likely there is Ex­ter­nal ra­dio­ther­apy in­volves any­thing wrong and it is ra­di­a­tion be­ing tar­geted at un­likely to be a sign of the prostate can­cer from a any­thing more wor­ry­ing. If, WHEN IN DOUBT CON­TACT YOUR OWN GP

I am glad to see your son has re­cov­ered from peri­toni­tis as this can be quite a se­ri­ous ill­ness. Peri­toni­tis is in­flam­ma­tion of the in­side of the ab­dom­i­nal cav­ity or peri­toneum usu­ally trig­gered by sep­sis such as from a rup­tured ap­pen­dix or other or­gan. I’VE re­cently lost all sense of taste.

There are many dif­fer­ent causes of smell and taste prob­lems. The com­mon­est cause of tem­po­rary loss is colds or flu and si­nus prob­lems. The sense of smell also nat­u­rally de­creases with age. If re­lated to a tem­po­rary cause such as a cold then it should re­cover af­ter a few days or weeks at most.

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