A 30-year-old member asked:
what are the risks of radiation surgery? is it still safer than traditional surgery?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Depends on details: It really depends on the details of the specific situation. The risks and benefits of any competing or complimentary treatments really need to be considered in the context of the specific situation. There are clearly many situations were traditional surgery will be the preferred option and there may be specific situations were radiosurgery can be used with good effect.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Is radiation therapy recommended after surgery?
2 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Radiation Oncology 20 years experience
Sometimes: Depending on the type of tumor, extent of disease involvement, surgical margins, etc. Radiation can be used early as planned course or used later as salvage.
A 33-year-old member asked:
What are the biggest risks of radiation surgery?
2 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Specializes in Gynecology
Injure normal tissue: Radiation surgery (rs) is refinement of radiation treatment (rt), which has existed for many years. Bottom-line:chemotherapy and rt is designed to destroy, hoping we would destroy cancer cells before the patient. This means that unfortunately, some innocent by-stander healthy tissue will be affected, including skin on the treatment site. Surgery allows how much disease we have removed;rs will not.
Last updated Feb 6, 2013
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