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Is radiation therapy recommended after surgery?

Is radiation therapy recommended after surgery?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Radiation Therapy (Definition)

Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment with the potential to have harmful side effects on a ...Read more


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What all does radiation therapy after breast-sparing surgery involve?

What all does radiation therapy after breast-sparing surgery involve?

Prevent recurrence: Thi is done to sterilize the breast from any stray cancer cells that may have remained after the resection. It is done to equalize recurrence rates after preserving the breast to those after mastectomy. ...Read more

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After effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer?

After effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Side effects include: Acute effects include erythema hyperpigmentation of skin, moist desquamation of skin long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer include: radiation fibrosis of lung lymphedema of the affected side upper extremity myocardial injury hypothyroidism brachial plexus injury risk of second neoplasm (radiation induced malignancy). ...Read more

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Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Yes: No matter what treatment, cancer of the breast does not have 100 % results. So with lumpectomy and radiation cancer can still recurr. This is why patients need to follow with all their doctors for exams and x-rays. If there is a recurrence other options exist such as mastectomy. ...Read more

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After radical prostatectomy followed by radiation therapy in 3 months. Can the cancer come back?

After radical prostatectomy followed by radiation therapy in 3 months. Can the cancer come back?

Possibly: The risk of this depends mainly on the pathologic findings (ie, stage and gleason grade) at surgery as well as preoperative psa. There are "nomograms" or calculators of this risk available to estimate such risk. Nomograms.Mskcc.Org/prostate/salvageradiationtherapy.Aspx is one which you might find useful. ...Read more

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After radical prostatectomy followed by radiation therapy in 3 months. Can the cancer comes back?

After radical prostatectomy followed by radiation therapy in 3 months. Can the cancer comes back?

It can: Risk of biological failure, when the psa blood test continues to increase or drops and then increases above what it originally was, is dependent on cells leaking outside of the prostate capsule. This risk is somewhat predictable based on original psa, t stage, and gleason score as well as how much tumor was in the prostate. Xrt after surgery tells me there was concern about leftover cells. ...Read more

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Is radiation therapy painful?

Is radiation therapy painful?

No: Radiation is an x-ray which is invisible and painless. It's side effects depending on where and what organs are being treated could lead to discomfort or pain. ...Read more

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How many radiation therapy sessions does prostate cancer usually take?

How many radiation therapy sessions does prostate cancer usually take?

One or up to 45: External image guided radiation is the most costly at 40-45 sessions. Radiosurgery is 5 sessions, no long term results published costs 1/2 as much. One session of inserting radioactive seeds is literally just one time and costs 1/5. They all have the same effectiveness. It would be worth it to fly to a specialist who does seeds get a one session seed procedure versus taking 45 sessions. ...Read more

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Is internal radiation still necessary after hysterectomy and external radiation?

Not likely: It depends on the location and type of cancer. However, combination of external and vaginal radiation are not commonly needed. Please see your doctor and ask. ...Read more

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How many weeks does radiation therapy last?

How many weeks does radiation therapy last?

0-7 weeks.: The most common method for treating breast cancer is external beam rt ("outside-in") given over 7 weeks; this can be accelerated over 4 weeks in some settings. Brachytherapy is an option for some patients, where the rt is given from the "inside-out" over 5 days. A handful of centers are now offering intraoperative rt, popularized in europe, where the rt is given over minutes during lumpectomy. ...Read more

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Does radiation therapy affect having breast reconstruction?

Does radiation therapy affect having breast reconstruction?

Breast Radiation: Readiation can have mild or severe effects on breast reconstruction. In some cases you may need additional survey to bring healthy tissue from other parts of the body to complete your reconstruction. ...Read more

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After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, herceptin (trastuzumab) then hormonal treatment, how much more can my body tolerate?

You can do it!: Stick with it--her-2 positive breast cancer is highly treatable for cure! each component of treatment is helpful and improves outcomes. You can do it! ...Read more

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When after breast surgery is radiation started?

When after breast surgery is radiation started?

Depends: The time that you start radiation (XRT) depends on your treatment plan. If you do not need chemotherapy, then you start 4-6 weeks after surgery. If you need chemotherapy, then you will get chemo after surgery and then XRT when chemo is complete. It is a good idea to meet with the radiation doctors immediately after surgery to get questions answered. It helps to have the entire team involved. ...Read more

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Can patients getting radiation therapy still exercise?

Yes: Listen to your body. Cardiovascular exercise specially encouraged. Your energy may run out quicker than it did. Stay hydrated and get rest as needed. Avoid chlorinated pool swimming and hut tubs that can dry up skin in women that are getting their breast radiated. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy in treating scar tissue after lumbar L5 fusion surgery?

How effective is radiation therapy in treating scar tissue after lumbar L5 fusion surgery?

Not effective: If you possess post-operative scarring with/without full blown arachnoiditis, this is a very challenging process to reverse, and irradiation not only will not help, but potentially could increase scarring. Avoid injections and surgery, contact pain management specialist. Also, you need to know that within a 5 year period of time, fusions may lead to arthritis above and below site. ...Read more

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Why is adjuvant therapy recommended after surgery for beast cancer?

Why is adjuvant therapy recommended after surgery for beast cancer?

Breast cancer rx: After surgical removal (lumpectomy or mastectomy) there is a risk of additional microamounts of tumor remaining. Adjuvant chemotherapy and supplemental irradiation can statistically lower the chance of recurrence. Discuss with your oncologist your category and the best options for your recovery. ...Read more

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On what basis an oncologist decides whether a uterine cancer patient needs internal radiation therapy or external radiation therapy after a surgery?

On what basis an oncologist decides whether a uterine cancer patient needs internal radiation therapy or external radiation therapy after a surgery?

It is based on prior: Prior experience and scientific data guides our practice of Oncology. The treatment is based on stage of disease and it is standardized on the basis of published data and available evidence. ...Read more

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Will my radiation cystitis go away once i'm done with radiation therapy?

Will my radiation cystitis go away once i'm done with radiation therapy?

Yes: Radiation cystitis means irritation of bladder because of radiation. It is usually short lived and should resolve within a couple of weeks after radiation. The severity depends on the amount of radiation and the volume being radiated. ...Read more

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Can I still get radiation therapy after a breast reconstruction?

Can I still get radiation therapy after a breast reconstruction?

Yes: It's not ideal but it can be done safely. The patient is treated like any other breast cancer patient without reconstruction. ...Read more

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Is radiation therapy for lung cancer painful?

Is radiation therapy for lung cancer painful?

Possibly: Radiation is painless during the treatments. If the esophagus is in the treatment fields it can cause a painful condition called esophagitis about 3 weeks into the treatment. This is worse when a patient also takes chemotherapy. There are medicines that help this discomfort and when treatment is done it should resolve. ...Read more

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