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Can children get sick by living with someone who is getting radiation therapy?

Can children get sick by living with someone who is getting radiation therapy?

No: With regular radiation given by machines a patient does not come home with any radiation and everyone is perfectly safe. In certain cases a patient is given radioactive substances and there are risks to children and pregnant women. For these patients there will be time and distance rules given in a written format to the patient and the family. ...Read more

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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


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Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Yes: Radiation is standard treatment for rectal cancers which have not spread and is used in combination with chemotherapy. For pure colon cancers, radiation is used sometimes in special situations (e.g. Cancer involving nearby critical organ or causing pain/ bleeding). The main therapies for colon cancer though are surgery and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy get rid of a mesothelioma?

Can radiation therapy get rid of a mesothelioma?

Not likely: Mesothelioma has been treated with radiation therapy but it is not very effective. Luckily there is now chemotherapy available which can help control the disease. Surgery still remains the only possibility for clearing the disease totally. ...Read more

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Can alcoholics still get radiation therapy for cancer?

Can alcoholics still get radiation therapy for cancer?

Yes: Alcohol over long periods is an environmental cause of certain cancers. These often need radiation and many have hard time to stop drinking but should. ...Read more

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What are the most common side effects of radiation therapy that patients get?

What are the most common side effects of radiation therapy that patients get?

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

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How can radiation therapy work to get rid of mesothelioma cancer?

How can radiation therapy work to get rid of mesothelioma cancer?

Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is an aggressive tumor arising from the lining of the lung or peritoneum. Because the tumor often occupies a broader area that can easily spread, radiation is an attempt to treat the field (the tumor and its surroundings, often contaminated by tumor). Radiation causes additional mutations in rapidly dividing cells with the hope it stops further growth and spread. ...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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Can I get radiation therapy even though I have a cardiac defibrillator?

Can I get radiation therapy even though I have a cardiac defibrillator?

Depends which organ: The distance between defibrlllator and the organ being treated is the key. Usually 5 centimeter or more is safe, closer than that the defibrillator needs to be moved. Usually you don't want it in direct field of radiation. ...Read more

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Can healthy people get radiation therapy to prevent cancer?

Can healthy people get radiation therapy to prevent cancer?

No: We can not take unnecessary radiation as it has it's risk and would give no benefit. However we all get very very low amounts of radiation from the earth and atmosphere. This keeps our bodies repair systems for any damage radiation causes functional. However if we never got any radiation that is what would be best. Radiation therapy is only needed for cancer and other benign conditions. ...Read more

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Can elderly breast cancer patients still get radiation therapy?

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

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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