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Can I drive myself to and from the radiation treatments?

Can I drive myself to and from the radiation treatments?

Yes, if well: Yes. You may drive if you are feeling well and do not have any restrictions from your physician. (for example people with cancer in their brain with history of seizure not allowed to drive.). ...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


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Would you be able to drive yourself home after radiation therapy or chemotherapy for breast cancer?

Would you be able to drive yourself home after radiation therapy or chemotherapy for breast cancer?

ASK YOUR MD: The oncologist(cancer specialist) can answer your question more effectively, however radiation therapy usually allows a self-drive home. Chemotherapy, depending upon the "cocktail" used produces a lot of nausea/vomiting and generally not a good idea to self drive home. ...Read more

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Will the radiation treatments hurt?

Will the radiation treatments hurt?

No: No. You should not feel any pain. You will not hear or feel the radiation treatment. ...Read more

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Can I eat before radiation treatment?

Can I eat before radiation treatment?

Yes: Yes. You may eat or drink before treatments. In certain cases like treating pancrease (pancrelipase) we may want to keep stomach empty, and you will be instructed to do so if your doctor thinks you benefit from it. ...Read more

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Can you get radiation treatment twice in a day?

Yes: In some circumstances delivering radiation therapy more than once a day may be used to shorten the course of treatment or modify the side-effects of treatment. ...Read more

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Can I take a shower during radiation treatments?

Yes: You may take a shower. Use a mild soap such as dove, then rinse off. Avoid scrubbing or using anything that may cause friction to the treatment area. While drying off, gently pat the treated area with a soft towel and do not rub hard. ...Read more

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Could radiation get harder as treatments progress?

Cumulative &delayed: if a patient is going through fractionated radiation therapy during which they receive daily low dose treatments then typically it is the same amount delivered every day but the effects are cumulative on your normal body and thus side effects can worsen the longer you are treated for. The effects are experienced in a delayed manner so your body may not have side effects for the first 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long will each daily radiation treatment take?

How long will each daily radiation treatment take?

About 15 min: Generally, it takes about 5 minutes to position a patient for a treatment. The actual treatment itself may take another 1 or 2 minutes. In most cases, the overall treatment time will last about 15 minutes. The time is much longer for radiosurgery. ...Read more

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How can you regain appetite after radiation treatment?

How can you regain appetite after radiation treatment?

Patience, time: The effects of radiation therapy take time to resolve. Appetite is one that may take some time and may be slowed in recovery by other continuing medical problems and medicines. The cancer that caused the need for radiation may also cause loss of appetite as can depression and other medical illnesses. ...Read more

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