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Roger; Sorry to hear you are having some bothersome side effects from the radiation. I am not going to be much help here as I had very minor effects from it. I was almost a year past surgery so that may be why. One's urethra goes through a lot of trauma from this cancer treatment process. As you said, it may not be properly healed yet and still vulnerable. It has been through a lot that it was not designed to endure! I have noted that even the supposedly simple process of catheterization is quite often traumatic because the folks doing it don't take the process seriously. They feel they are professional now and they don't need to take all the precautions and proper steps they were taught in medical school - and besides, their victims are usually asleep when they do it and feel no pain or damage - until later. More than likely your newly healed urethra is getting a bad case of "sunburn" from the radiation. Jon.