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Can I Drive Myself To And From The Radiation Treatments
Would you be able to drive yourself home after radiation therapy or chemotherapy for breast cancer?
FIrst: Prevention. Appropriate targets and dose limits; 2nd: anusol-hc suppositories for tenesmus, mucoid discharge. If blood, endoscopy and coagulation of bleeding vessels. These events usually occur after radiotherapy, adn bleeding I said to peak at 3 years post xrt. In theliterature and my practice, this is not common. Bleeding about 3-5 events in 100. ...Read more
Standard radiation: The size and grade of this tumor and extent of resection is all very important to be able to answer this. Surgery is the most important in treatment. If the patient needs radiation depending on initial size and location, radiation after surgery is best performed with imrt based standard daily radiation is likely the best method. However the planning process may be done in other successful ways. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Probably doesn't: If you are talking about external beam radiation therapy, it's never even in your house. It's gone the second that the machine is turned off. If you are talking about a radiation implant, in which radioactive sources are placed within the body (most commonly prostate) then there are some precautions to take. The duration of these depends on the isotope used, usually palladium or iodine. ...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
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Your care basket shows that you are thinking of your friend or loved one, so include anything that you think will help them feel better.
They may also appreciate a good quality skin lotion for any drying or irritation of the skin secondary to external beam radiation treatments. ...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
My brother had radiation treatment can his kids be around him and will the kid have any side affects after being around him?
Radiation: I would talk to his doctor about your concerns. ...Read more
My treatment was done in October went back in January they say they saw something could potentially be from left over radiation is that true?
Scars: Radiation leaves scar tissue. This may be what they are alluding to? ...Read more
My brother took radiation treatment by pill 3week ago but my question is can his kids be around him and will there be any side affects to the kids?
No problem: Everyone is safe to be around him. ...Read more
Talk to a specialist: Radiation therapy is an effective form of prostate cancer treatment. No head to head trials with other forms of therapy, including surgery, have yet been performed, but it is one of several options for treatment. Ultimately, cure depends on disease biology: the grade and stage of the cancer. And there are different forms of radiation treatment, usually requiring hormonal therapy in combination. ...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
Yes and no: External radiation is safe and there is no danger of exposing others. However, there is a danger of exposing others with certain types of internal radiation therapy (brachytherapy). Visiting someone who is undergoing inpatient internal radiation may have restrictions depending on type, especially for children and pregnant woman. Consult the radiation oncology team regarding precautions. ...Read more
Radiation & pregnant: The risks of exposure to radiation during pregnancy depend on how far along you are and the amount of exposure the baby has. The earlier exposure and the greater amount of radiation can cause miscarriage or birth defects. You should discuss with your doctor if you think you might be pregnant and if not, discuss if becoming pregnant is advisable at this time. ...Read more
Will try to be general as body location, type of radiation, reason for treatment, etc play a sig role in answering your q.
Short term: inflammation with resultant symptoms based upon organs/tissues treated or receiving dose, fatigue, etc
long term: scar tissue, cancer risk, etc
as one faces most treatments: try to eat small freq meals, stay hydrated, exercise. ...Read more
Oral radiation: Hi charlotte. It is important to maintain excellent nutrition when receiving radiation therapy. Eating and drinking enough gives you more energy and helps you feel better. Foods with many calories and protein can help keep weight up. If your mouth is dry, avoid hard or dry food (eg, toast/crackers). If you have mouth sores, eat soft foods and avoid spicy or salty foods. Thanks for using healthtap. ...Read more
Yes: Radiation therapy is the focused use of high energy x-rays that only work where we aim them at and have the ability to destroy tumor cells. Treatment is like getting an x-ray. Chemotherapy is medical therapy that is taken either by mouth or through an IV and goes throughout your whole body's bloodstream and affects all organs. It tracks down microscopic cancer cells in blood to kill them. ...Read more
Yes: There should not be any problems being around him. If you are ill, just make sure you are carefull with good handwashing, cover your mouth if coughing, etc. ...Read more
Organic: As much as possible you want a high nutrient whole foods, preferably organic (pesticide-free) as tolerated. A good cookbook, for everyone in the family, is one bite at a time, by rebecca katz. ...Read more
Treatment options. Why does it take so long to find it out if radiation or chemo will add any years of survival?
Studies take time: Thankfully, for most cancers, we have many treatment options- even when not curable, people are living longer and better. So if someone get radiation or chemotherapy and the cancer comes back, they can still be kept alive with other treatments. When studies are done looking for survival advantage, and the patients that recur get other treatments it can take time to evaluate the original treatment. ...Read more
Have had hypothyroism since 2000-result of radiation treatment. Cannot reach normal levels in spite of frequent meds dosage increase. Why?
Thyroid replacement: If the proper dose of thyroid replacement is used, your levels will come up to normal. Perhaps you would do better with a different type of thyroid preparation. A thyroidologist would be best to guide you. ...Read more
I am on a low iodine diet for 2 weeks to prepare for a iodine radiation treatment. I pretty much know what I can't have, but what can I have?
Diet somewhat limite: You can get a list of things that you can eat or shouldn't eat as well as some recipe ideas at www. Thyca. Org. ...Read more
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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