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Can Babies Be Around Patients Who Have Had Radiation Treatment
Usually yes: It depends on the type of radiation treatment. Radiation that is directed at the body from a machine is gone as soon as the machine is turned off. You do not remain "radioactive". Radiation that is put into the body through an iv, an oral liquid, or implanted pellets or seeds stays with the patient, and the patient should avoid babies for a period of time. Ask your doctor or nurse. ...Read more
Palliation: Symptom relief is important and radiation can be used for that. ...Read more
Unless there: Is implanted radiotherapy, that remains with you when you finish a daily treatment, there is no hazard. Implanted 125-i seeds in prostate cancer brings radiation home in tiny exposire, but we suggest no baby on the lap. Breast brachy, xoft or mammosite variations, cx/pros hdr leave all the radiation where you get it. You carry none home to anyone. ...Read more
What do patients think of radiation exposure in medicine, for diagnostics and treatment? Do patients get scared?
No if informed: If patients are informed properly, they will not 'get scared'. First the amount of radiation exposure in diagnostic test is negligible you get more by going to beach. During treatment precise, focused dose will be given with out damage to surrounding tissue, equipment also getting advanced. ...Read more
For what length of time do cancer patients stay under quarantine when receiving radiation treatment?
Not long: It is rare to keep all contacts limited on patients just receiving radiation alone. With chemo or in transplant patients that is different story. Radiation is local treatment and rarely suppresses immune system so low by itself that requires quarantine. Follow up of blood work, keeping sick contact to minimum is a good course of action. Consult your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: When using a radiation machine there is no radioactivity left in the patient and no reason they can't go home. When radioactive medication or seeds are left in the patient there will be complex rules to follow to minimize exposure from radiation to others or their environment when the patient goes home. There are centers who will keep a patient when radioactive substances are left in the patient. ...Read more
Shields are built in: Radiation therapy machines have the shields built in to them. These shape the radiation to fit the area of the body that needs to be treated and protects the rest. Additionally, it takes many inches if lead to block the radiation used for external beam treatment and a person cannot wear a shield thick enough to block the beam. ...Read more
Body site: The goals of radiation therapy are to maximize the chances of effectively killing the cancer cells while minimizing the chances of doing serious harm. The dose of radiation is determined by the dose thought required to kill the cancer cells balanced by the dose limitations of the nearby normal organs. This in turn determines the number of treatments. ...Read more
Varies: Radiation affects different body parts in different ways. Early stage breast cancer relatively few symptoms - typically some fatigue, sometimes a mild sunburn like skin irritation in the radiated areas. Base of the tongue, much harsher side effects (and it is often combined with chemotherapy). They all get severe dry mouth, and may be unable to eat for awhile. Ask your rad onc doc for specifics. ...Read more
How does a patient survive the horrors of chemo and radiation? What are common side effects? Can these treatments make you so sick that you die?
Find support: Ask your doctors for leads to good information on exactly what will be done and what to expect - not just once but as treatment progresses. Also get leads to local support groups & reliable literature. It will help if you drop words like "horrors" to true, but less emotional ones. High quality care will evaluate your ability to handle treatment and work w/in safe limits. Psychotherapy can help too. ...Read more
Fibrosis and scar: The field where RT given associated with scarring and fibrosis. If in an area of treatment near nerves or major vessels, thickening of tissue or lymphedema can occur. Bowel or bladder can have associated symptoms therefore IMRT used. Effects can further be reduced by using gamma or cyberknife treatment offering better control to site of treatment. ...Read more
Tattoos before radiation? I learned that patients get tattoo before the radiation therapy process, what and why are there needs to do so? Are they permanent or painful?
Tattoos: Tattoos are sometimes needed for radiation therapy. It depends on the part of the body being treated and the type and amount of radiation being given. If they are necessary the tattoos are only the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen and they look like little freckles. The tattoos are used to line the patient up with special lights in the treatment room in order to make sure that the patient is in the same position every day for the radiation treatments. The tattoos do sting for a moment when they done, but most people think it is less painful than an IV or blood draw. They are generally permanent, but hardly noticeable and could potentially be removed with a laser if they are bothersome. ...Read more
If radioactivity can cause cancer, do cancer radiation treatments radiate the people around the patients?
We have a cancer patient taking radiation therapy, should my 3 years old son has contact with him? Is there certain time we should wait after session?
Yes: In some universities and major institutions there are dedicated machines for intraoperative radiation given to an area of concern that the surgeon could not resect and this device is aimed inside the abdomen to give the radiation. This is not common or widely available and outside machines are more readily available. ...Read more
Is it safe for a 3 year old and 5 year old to be around an adult cancer patient who is actively getting chemo & radiation treatments?
Depends: The chemo has no risk for your kids. If the person has received radiation treatment, but not implanted radiation rods, they do not cast off radiation so this would also not be a risk. Very few conditions are treated with implanted radiation sources. The fact is, your kids are more likely to bring germs/risk to the cancer patient. ...Read more
Breast irradiation: Radiation therapy is used for localized breast cancer. Radiation alone is not a curative treatment for breast cancer. In breast cancer, it is used as an additional (adjuvant) treatment to treat local and regional areas at high husk for microscopic disease. It's use depends on stage and what type of surgery had been performed. For more information, cancer. Gov, cancer. Org, astro. Org, nccn. Org. ...Read more
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
Does radiation affect fertility? I heard that patients who go through radiation therapy will have a higher change to become infertile, is this true
Exposure of gonads (testes and ovaries) to radiation can make you sterile. People who undergo radiation often have cancer and receive a lot of chemotherapy which can affect their fertility also. So cancer patients have a higher risk of infertility even if the gonads are not exposed to radiation.
Radiation can also be a hazard if you are a radiological worker but safeguards are in the workplace. ...Read more
Urine tested positive for blood said its normal for patients that had radiation therapy for prostate cancer also are ther any cancer cells in urine bl?
Possibly: Radiation therapy can cause inflammatory changes in the bladder which can result in microscopic blood in the urine. However a urine cytology should be performed to rule out possibly bladder abnormalities. Additionally, if the history of radiation therapy is in the past, then a cystoscopy (camera to look in your urethra and bladder) may be warranted. Please discuss further with your doctors. ...Read more
Yes: Breast cancer is treated by stage but consideration is made to performance status not just age. So if the disease requires radiation even the elderly can usually tolerate the treatment. Stage 1 patients who have positive receptors may be able to omit the radiation if they are over 70 if they take hormone pills. ...Read more
Early results good: Published results of intraoperative radiation therapy, iort, (targit-a trial) have found no difference as compared to traditional whole-breast radiation therapy in a subset of people at low risk for recurrence. While promising, we await long-term data before expanding this option to more people. To-date, my experience has been very favorable. ...Read more
Can a baby get accidentally irradiated from an adult person that just came home from radiation treatment?
If the adult received any type of external beam irradiation (imrt, protons, cyberknife, etc.), then no. If the adult was given a radiopharmaceutical such as radioactive iodine or a temporary internal radiation implant, yes.
http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/radiation/radiationtherapyprinciples/radiation-therapy-principles-safety-for-patient-and-family. ...Read more
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