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Dr. R. Scott Anderson

Radiation Oncology
Emelle, MS
40 years experience

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Radiation Oncology

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Pancreatic cancer: Radiation is usually a component of the overall treatment of localized pancreatic cancer along with surgery and chemotherapy. If the tumor has spread... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Cystoscopy: The answer is simple enough. The first thing to do if you're concerned is have your urologist take a look.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
It won't hurt: I don't see a lot of weight loss in prostate treatment and we usually see a great deal in the treatment of head and neck tumors, so my dietary suggest... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Radiation and COPD: It may, we will usually see a loss of about 20% of the irradiated volume in terms of lung function.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
See below: The bigger risk is the amount of time spent in sedentary activity. Be sure to balance computer time with active/ exercise time.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
It can be: There is fibrosis and mucosal changes after xrt, these can lead to pain and local tissue damage. It is also postulated as part of the reason homosexua... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
They account for it: Scatter radiation can and does occur, it can be as high as 10-15% of the delivered dose. That scatter must be accounted for in the planning and is map... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
It depends: To be considered for either would certainly require successful surgery followed by a long seizure free period after treatment. Exemptions are usually ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Multiple myeloma: Ho166 bound to a localizing agent that is taken up by bone. The radioactive ho166 irradiates the adjacent bone marrow to destroy the myeloma cells.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Sarcomas: It could possibly be used with any tumor localized to bone, trials on multiple myeloma have been done, it has also been considered as treatment for ew... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Atherosclerosis: Usually it is the result of the build up of atherosclerotic plaques over time due to the buildup of cholesterol.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Yes but a risk: If that is a concern then this is something you must speak to your doctor about immediately, before the initiation of therapy. You have two ovaries bu... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
See below: That there is something, bone, disc material, tumor, something reducing the diameter on the spinal canal and causing pressure/compression of the spina... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Go to ER: These are some of the possible warning signs of a stroke. Go to the er now.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
ED after Anal Cancer: That is something to talk to your urologist about. There are several options that can be employed. Vaccuum assist devices, injections, or penile imp... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Possibly: The nature of these new lesions should be assessed, and while they are probably nothing, see your doctor to be sure.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Yes: Usually radiotherapy is used following surgery in the treatment of sarcomas, but both of these sarcomas may respond to radiotherapy.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Depends on site: Radiation treatments are limited in terms of side effects to the area treated, except possibly a low risk of causing leukemia.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
It might: Ablating the facial nerve carries with it the risk of facial nerve paralysis.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
See below: To remove the posterior portion of the spinal canal in the neck region to reduce pressure or compression on the spinal cord itself.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
See below: The spinal canal is canal encased by the bony vertebral column. There isn't a lot of extra room in there and the canal can't stretch or expand. If a ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
See below: To remove the posterior portion on the arch of the spinal canal to reduce pressure or compression on the cord itself.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Depends on stage: Like any other cancer, cervical cancer survival is closely linked to early detection and treatment. The more extensive the spread of the cancer the m... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Possibly: Repeat the pregnancy test at 7d, if still negative and symptoms persist make an appointment to see your physician.
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A member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
It depends: It depends if the symptoms are caused by tumor compression or direct invasion. If it is compression the symptoms are more likely to resolve with treat... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Surgery or radiation: Depending on tumor type and extent of disease one may be better than the other, but usually for smaller tumors surgery is a good first option.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
No: This is not a home remedy situation, it requires a skilled team of cancer specialists, find one and listen to them.
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A 72-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Prostate Cancer Tx: Well done radiation therapy, especially using imrt, was found in a recent meta-analysis to have a long term complication rate of only 2.5% if you exc... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Radiation and static: No radiation has no effect on static electricity. That has more to do with the type of clothing yo wear, the composition of your carpets, and the humi... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Depends on grade: Grade 1 & 2 tumors are considered benign and long survivals are expected. Grade 3 or anaplastic gliomas 3-5 yrs, and grade 4 or glioblastomas tend to... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
There are risks: Injection of radioactive liquids (p32 or similar isotopes) can improve joint pain by killing inflammatory lymphocytes, but at the risk of an increased... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Depends on age: Chang in a 2009 paper suggested that in a study scoring atherosclerotic plaques in the carotids in patients after XRT that while patients less than 41... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
See below: Radioprotectants are really only useful if they offer differential radioprotection to normal tissues and not tumor cells. That's really the problem. A... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Depends on Target: The amount of bladder radiated determines the severity of the symptoms. If you are treating bladder cancer then the bladder is the target, so the inci... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
???: You need an opinion from a radiation oncologist so you can adequately understand why you do or don't need treatment. Unless that recommendation was ma... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Yes: Femoral head dose is always one of the issues we monitor for this very reason.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Natural: Radiation exists in nature and the origins of radiotherapy often utilized naturally occurring radioactive isotopes in the treatment of patients.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Room: A good idea, I do it myself. You need room to move. It's no fun knocking your hands or legs on the sides while trying to work out.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
That would be low: Vanderbilt has a 35% 2 year survival for unresectable lung cancers, and survivals for adenoca and small cell are improving with new drugs and regimens... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Terminology: Radiation therapy is the delivery of radiation to treat an illness (usually malignant) radiation oncology is the study and science associated with the... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Astrocytoma Treatmen: The short answer is yes. If the tumor is small enough it may be a candidate for radiosurgery. But right now radiation with temodar (temozolomide) is t... Read More
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A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Stage IV: Stage four generally means that the tumor has spread to organs or sites other than the one it arose in. In some cases it can be related to the extent... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
See below: It could be either a tendinitis more likely a plantar fascitis from overuse.
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Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
They can be: Often the initial symptoms of small bowel lymphoma are obstruction or perforation both of which can be very symptomatic.
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A member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
They can be: If they present with small bowel obstruction, or perforation and sepsis they often are.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Rethink this: Nasopharyngeal cancer is probably going to involve a rather protracted course of therapy that may involve in addition to testing, surgery, chemotherap... Read More
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Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
It depends on dose: They can range from no symptoms to death with in hours. The classic three levels are hematopoetic, with alterations in wbc, platelets, and then anemi... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Targeting/amifostine: Amifostine is a radio protective agent that sometimes is used in head and neck or brain radiotherapy to reduce the side effects of the treatment. Care... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Lung cancer and xrt: I usually see this when there is a question of close or questionable surgical margins. That means the surgeon thinks he got all of the tumor but isn'... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. R. Scott Anderson
Radiation Oncology 40 years experience
Possiby: With surgery and physical therapy many patients do achieve the ability to walk and run. Normally is subjective.
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University of Alabama School of Medicine, AL
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