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Is It Harmful To Pets To Be Close To A Patient Receiving Radiation And Chemo
Depends on regimen: There are many people who have kids who previously had been treated for cancer. Oncologists can somewhat predict who may have problems with fertility based on knowing what chemotherapy medications (and their cumulative dose) and what type and location of radiation were given to a patient. Some regimens cause infertility, while others do not, and many regimens fall into a gray area. ...Read more
How close must you be to someone with radiated pellets implanted in his body, for you to have radiation exposure?
Radiation pellets: Very very localized therapy, not significant for those around the patient generally speaking. ...Read more
After a neck dissection how many weeks is suitable to be able to receive radiation and chemotherapy?
Several wks: With a complete radical neck dissection the jugular vein may be taken and compete dissection of the carotid artery performed. Often the sternomastoid muscle is resected so that blood supply to the skin flaps can be compromised and one has to be sure that the skin flaps are completely viable. This can take from 6-8 wks before chemotherapy and RT employed. ...Read more
Entire universe is: Radio waves are everywhere. They are part of the electromagnetic frequency spectrum, and are produced by every star in the universe, including the sun. Adding to that we have man-made radio-wave production in every wireless device. Unless extremely focused at one particular object (such as in a microwave oven), these disbursed atmospheric radio-waves are harmless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If my mom's stage 3b lung cancer is responding well to radiation therapy, is it likely that she will recover completely?
Possibly.: The answer is in the statistics. There is a 15 to 20 percent chance of cure with radiation and chemotherapy. 10 percent with just radiation for stage iiib (3b). Therefore how do you define likely? Even if not cured she can actually recover? (from pain or breathing problems or bleeding) and do well for months to years but then not recover when the cancer comes back. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
When radio active iodine is given, is it always given to kill your thyroid? Or can smaller doses be given to kill some of your thyroid?
In an ideal world...: The object would be to kill just the right amount of your thyroid, but that doesn't usually happen, the next best thing is to kill all or most of it so that you can get on with your life. Imagine the expense and inconvenience having to take radioactive iodine more than once to kill just the right amount.... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: There should not be any problems being around him..If you are ill, just make sure you are carefull with good handwashing, cover your mouth if coughing, etc. ...Read more
Possible: But highly unlikely. Numerous safeguards and culture of safety, but miscalculations, equipment programming mistake, not running phantom checks of multi-leaf collimators before imrt plan made headlines, pick a center with a trustworthy doctor more than a glitzy ad or emphasis on technology. People keep you safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a male patient is on an IV fluid and needs to have the fluid balance monitored then how is this done? Would it be particularly difficult to do if the patient is delirious?
Fluid balance: A couple of different ways to follow a person's fluid balance:First, measure the actual fluid given (IVFs) and measure how much urine is made (easiest if they have a catheter, but can be done without).While there are other ways to "lose fluid", urine is by far the largest contributor. The other way to to monitor the patient's precise body weight every day (works well for patients with kidney issue ...Read more
Yes: Loosing voice can be due to direct invasion of the larynx (far from lung) or laryngeal nerve compression or damage ( recurrent laryngeal nerve in the chest). Advanced cancer can be pressing on this nerve and cause voice loss. If there is no voice loss to start with, it is unusual for radiation to damage the nerve in typical dose fractionation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Not by how it's targeted because the whole prostate has to be radiated and this will include nerves that may cause impotence. Even if the nerves work the fluid and semen decrease so the sperm will have a harder time to fertilize unless done artificially. The scatter radiation may also damage the testes and permanently effect the sperm. Despite all this you may remain fertile. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why is it necessary for a patient to be connected to heart-lung machine during double lung transplants?
Poor lung function: Double lung transplants when done "en block" obviously need the heart lung machine. When done asynchronously require bilateral anterior thoracotomies, and one lung anesthesia. If lung function too poor to allow one lung anesthesia then en block is the only option. The transplant surgeon is the only one that can judge which technique is appropiate to his patient. ...Read more
Thallium dipyridamole stress test with the radioactive chemical given is it true that it is dangerous to be near babies and children after procedure?
How to find out how much radiation the patient is exposed to during a bone scan when they inject a dye?
Low end of rad, dose: With a bone scan the radiotracer or isotope is injected intravenously and accumulates after a couple of hours in the bones of the skeleton. The common bone scan with 600 mbq of technetium-99m-mdp has an effective dose of approximately 3.5 msv . This is higher radiation than several routine xrays but is thought not to increase cancer risk in adult patient. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not really: I personally prefer TPN to have its own line, and you will hear that from experienced nurses. While the substances may not be incompatible, TPN is associated with risk of infection in the line, so should really have its own, dedicated vascular catheter access, in my opinion. I suppose there could be situations where TPN and chemo have to share a line, but if there's a choice, they shouldn't. ...Read more
I answer a: Form of this question daily. If radiotherapy sources are placed inside an individual, and they are allowed home, your baby shuold be able to be within 10 feet for 30 minutes, and a kiss and hug for a few seconds. If the treatment is external beam, there is no radiation in the patient outside the room, no risk to a baby. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Risk: Is not different than the general population, and you are 'badged' to detect any exposure, in case there is a excess recorded for whatever reason. ...Read more
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