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Doctor insights on: Best Diet During Radiation Therapy Vaginal Cancer

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What foods should I eat while taking radiation for vaginal cancer, also what are the best drinks to drink ?

What foods should I eat while taking radiation for vaginal cancer, also what are the best drinks to drink ?

Depends on symptoms: Treatment with radiation towards the pelvis may have effects on the bowel. If diarrhea develops we suggest a low fiber diet. If a patient becomes fatigued we try decreasing carbohydrates and increasing protein. For most a balanced nutritious diet with variety works fine. All of this is tempered to not change a diet for a diabetic or other specialized diets when needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is radiation and chemotherapy the only way to get rid of vaginal cancer?

Is radiation and chemotherapy the only way to get rid of vaginal cancer?

It depends...: Vaginal cancer treatment can depend on size of tumor and whether or not it is suspected to have spread to lymph nodes or other sites in the pelvis. If it is caught early enough and once the pathologist reports on the extent of disease, you should talk with your gyn-oncologist on appropriate, specific treatment for you. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for esophageal pain from lung cancer radiation therapy?

What is the best treatment for esophageal pain from lung cancer radiation therapy?

Radiation Esophagtis: You can use antacids to control the acid washing up from the stomach as well as meds such as nexium (esomeprazole).I also have a liquid mix that will topically numb the surface temporarily. Taking pain medicine on a regular basis say every 4 to 6 hours will help a lot. And last but not least a break from treatment is sometimes the best of all options. ...Read more

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What kind of radiation therapy is best for lung cancer?

What kind of radiation therapy is best for lung cancer?

Depends on the stage: For early cancers (stage 1) cyberknife or sbrt using a short course of high dose radiation has results similar to surgery. For stage 2-3 cancers the preferred way is to use imrt where side effects can be reduced by targeting less of normal lung areas. For advanced cancers, the idea is to improve symptoms such as pain and standard external radiation is used. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for esophageal problems from lung cancer radiation therapy?

What is the best treatment for esophageal problems from lung cancer radiation therapy?

Several different.: Radiation can cause inflammation and irritation of the esophagus which can lead to secondary fungal infections. Long term it is possible the esophagus will develop scar and feelings of food getting stuck. Remedies include liquid medicine for inflammation and fungal infection. For strictures endoscopy with dilation. And of course pain medicine is always helpful. ...Read more

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Can the daily use of activated charcoal during radiation therapy for prostate cancer help me?

Can the daily use of activated charcoal during radiation therapy for prostate cancer help me?

I take care of many: Prostate cancer patients with radiotherapy, external beam and seed implants, and I have never used "activated charcoal" properly done, the risk of rectal bleeding at 2-5 years post treatment is <5% in my hands as i deliver treatment. Bleeding during radiotherapy is not commonly more than "worsened hemorrhoids". Do not understand rationale for charcoal, and do not use it. Talk to your doc; ask f. ...Read more

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Doesn't radiation therapy increase cancer cell growth?

Not really: When given appropiately, radiation helps with local control. Keeping the tumor from recurring where it started). But yes exposure to radiation can be a cause for second cancers-( tho rare) most commonly sarcomas in the area of the radiated tissue). ...Read more

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Is there a point at which radiation therapy for cancer doesn't help enough to make the side effects worth it?

Is there a point at which radiation therapy for cancer doesn't help enough to make the side effects worth it?

Yes.: You don't always know if a treatment is going to work on a patient. If the cancer is too advanced and there is little hope of helping the patient the doctor needs to tell a patient and their family so they can consider hospice or comfort measures. Many times radiation actually is a comfort measure and given so their is no side effect but relief of the symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the radiation therapy for one cancer to give me another form of cancer?

Is it possible for the radiation therapy for one cancer to give me another form of cancer?

Yes: It is possible but statistically low. The benefits for the cancer you are treating will far outweigh this risk. However any unnecessary risk should not be taken if for example radiation has no known benefit for the condition being treated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is radiation therapy used to treat cancer and when is chemotherapy used?

Can you tell me exactly when is radiation therapy used to treat cancer and when is chemotherapy used?

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 origin and travelled elsewhere in the body (systemic rx). In general, surgery and radiation therapy are local rx whereas chemotherapy is designed to circulate throughout the body and kill cancer cells. Ideally, these 3 modalities work together for cure. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Gamma Rays (Definition)

This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more