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Can babies be around patients who have had radiation treatment?

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

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Irradiation (Definition)

Irradiation is the process by which an object is exposed to radiation. The exposure can originate from various sources, including natural sources. Most frequently the term refers to ionizing radiation, and to a level of radiation that will serve a specific purpose, rather than radiation exposure to normal ...Read more


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Can my baby safely be around someone who is receiving radiation treatment for cancer?

Can my baby safely be around someone who is receiving radiation treatment for cancer?

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 more

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Can a 8 month old baby be around someone who has had radiation treatment kemoradition for liver cancer ?

Can a 8 month old baby be around someone who has had radiation treatment kemoradition  for liver cancer ?

Yes: Radiation therapy does not make a person radioactive. I think it would be very nice for a cancer patient to have the opportunity to be with this new member of your family or community. ...Read more

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Is holding babies safe when on radiation treatment?

Is holding babies safe when on radiation treatment?

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

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Can a baby get accidentally irradiated from an adult person that just came home from radiation treatment?

Can a baby get accidentally irradiated from an adult person that just came home from radiation treatment?

Depends: 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. See: http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/radiation/radiationtherapyprinciples/radiation-therapy-principles-safety-for-patient-and-family. ...Read more

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What do patients think of radiation exposure in medicine, for diagnostics and treatment? Do patients get scared?

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

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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

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Can a person who is receiving radiation treatment hold an infant?

Can a person who is receiving radiation treatment hold an infant?

See below: Unless the radiation is delivered by implanted seeds, most people receiving external beam radiation are not going to place a child at risk. Check with your doctors to see which type of radiation that you are receiving. ...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