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Can I Drive Myself To And From The Radiation Treatments
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Depends: There is standard beam radiation that patients get to a specific field, which is fine for anyone to be around after a treatment. There is also radiation rods that can be implanted (prostate) and if so i would avoid having a kid sit in the patients lap during the treatment period. ...Read more
Possible: But highly unlikely. Numerous safeguards and culture of safety, but miscalculations, equipment programming mistake, not running phantom checks of multi-leaf collimators before imrt plan made headlines, pick a center with a trustworthy doctor more than a glitzy ad or emphasis on technology. People keep you safe. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fast growing ones!: Chemotherapy and radiation therapy affect the most rapidly-growing cells, which are usually the cancer cells! but they also affect other fast growing cells including hair follicles, the cells lining your stomach and intestines, and your white blood cells. That explains the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. ...Read more
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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