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how long does radiation from cancer treatment stay in you body

A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends: Radiation therapy (rt) is used to treat specific spots of cancer, while chemotherapy is used to treat the whole body. Rt is similar to getting an x-ra ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
It depends: Radiation therapy effect depends on the type of cancer, and the desired outcome. Sometimes radiation is used to help cure cancers. Other times it is u ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Depends: On many factors. What is the expected benefit of the treatment? What side effects or difficulties is he having? Does he want to continue to live with ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Sure!: Surgery is the pilar of therapy for many cancers, often assisted by chemo or radiation. Other times is of no use at all. Depends on the cancer and th ... Read More
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Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Ointments : Radiation burns to the skin should be treated conservatively with steroid ointments if they can help.. If the damage is severe, resection with skin g ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Murdock
52 years experience Radiation Oncology
No: Uv radiation has a very short range in the human body, not reaching beyond the skin, while radiation for cancer treatment can be directed deep within ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chad Levitt
21 years experience Radiation Oncology
Depends on severity: There r grades of skin irritation caused by radiation reactions. Erythema and hyperpigmentation occur first with some itching. Can lead to desquamatii ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Yep: Some patients with throat, lung, rectal and other cancers get concurrent chemo and radiation. The benefit of the combo in certain specific settings is ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chung-Han Lee
11 years experience Medical Oncology
Depends on the drugs: The side effects for different chemotherapy drugs can be very diverse. So it's hard to say without knowing what drugs they are. The side effects f ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Chaim Colen
18 years experience Neurosurgery
Depends: One type of radiation is not used for every tumor type and vice versa. There are "best" radiation treatments depending on tumor type and location.
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