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how will we know if the radiation therapy is working

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Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Depends on cancer: The success rates for radiation therapy vary depending on the type and size of the cancer.

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
Not really: During treatment weekly or sometimes daily films are taken however these films are used to verify your alignment and not really for monitoring your re ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends on type o: It depends on type of cancer(Diagnosis). Some Cancers respond faster such as Lymphoma where response can be observed after 1 month of treatment. Solid ... Read More
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Dr. Vivek Mehta
Specializes in Radiation Oncology
Although : Although it might depend on the type of treatment you are receiving, in general we like to encourage patients to stay active during radiation. Exerci ... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
48 years experience Hematology and Oncology
By evaluation: Whether or not cancer therapy is effective is measured by how the patient is responding - symptoms, physical exam, lab tests, imaging studies to remea ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Studies take time: Thankfully, for most cancers, we have many treatment options- even when not curable, people are living longer and better. So if someone get radiation ... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Repeat CT scanning: Repeat ct scaning after 2-3 months of tarceva (erlotinib) use is done to measure the size of lung cancer lesions and to see if they are shrinking. Pat ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Abby Caplin
39 years experience Integrative Medicine
Organic: As much as possible you want a high nutrient whole foods, preferably organic (pesticide-free) as tolerated. A good cookbook, for everyone in the famil ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rifat Naghmi
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Side effects: It depends on what medication you are taking. Some medications are safe for long term use and other have long term side effects.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Serial MRI's: In most cases, followup MRI's are used to assess size and response to therapies. Your neurosurgeon can explain more.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Local v. Systemic Rx: Cancer rx involves treating the organ where the cancer developed (local rx) as well as any cancer cells that may have broken away from the organ of or ... Read More
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A 73-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Needs more than that: Arises at bifurcation of biliary ducts. Most of them are cholangio- carcinomas, and need aggressive therapy. Includes surgery, radiation and chemother ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Tell us more: Do you have a diagnosis of Cancer? which site of your body is affected by cancer? What is the stage of your Cancer?. Unless we know and can tell us a ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Check viral levels: Your treating provider should periodically check viral loads (level) to determine the efficacy of your treatment. When viral loads become zero and con ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Recovery: Yes children do recover better than adults do
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
PET : Pet scans work by detecting areas of high metabolic activity in the body and producing a three-dimensional image that reflects functional processes. ... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
22 years experience Infectious Disease
HIV destroys body: Over time, the virus will destroy the immune system. It depends 'where' the patient is starting off from in terms of 'full strength' or not. If the pa ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jessica Scotchie
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Difficult to do: It would be best to store some sperm before undergoing radiation; while the radiation field is concentrated to limit damage to surrounding structures, ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodrich
38 years experience Neurosurgery
Oligodendroglioma: The monitoring for this type of tumor is done by MRI. If the chemotherapy is working then there should be no growth or also a decrease in the size of ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lawrence Hochman
30 years experience Radiation Oncology
Very little: Radiation therapists run the therapy machines and interact with patients. They do not spend any time in the vault when the beam is on, so they get n ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Berman
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
No: CBT is one way for some people to get rid of anxiety. CBT helps you learn to manage your erroneous negative thoughts and keep them from controlling yo ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Multiple treatments: Acne scars are difficult a deep chemical peel can cost from 600 to 1000 depending on location. Resurfacing lasers can cost a few hundred to a few thou ... Read More
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