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Can you have radiation treatment while receiving chemotherapy?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: It depends on the cancer, but sometimes we give radiation therapy and chemotherapy together. It is much stronger that way but has more side effects.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
In many cancers such as head and neck, lung, glioblastoma, etc. the standard method is to give radiation and chemotherapy together for better results and survival improvement.
Jan 11, 2012
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Yes: Your radiation and medical oncologist should coordinate whether this should be done. Some cancers doing the treatment at the same time gives the best result while other cancer doing them in succession is best.
Dr. Anderson Bauer
Radiation Oncology 18 years experience
Yes: In many cancers, outcomes are improved by having both treatments at the same time. Not all chemotherapies should be given at the same time as radiation treatment, but it would be unlikely that any physician would recommend an unsafe combination of chemotherapy and radiation.

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