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Doctor insights on: Can I Drive Myself To And From The Radiation Treatments

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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

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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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What is the treatment for proctitis radiation?

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

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What sort of radiation treatment is best for treating leiomyosarcomas?

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

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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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How long would radiation stay in the house after treatment?

How long would radiation stay in the house after treatment?

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

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Please tell me, could a person receiving radiation treatments hold a child?

Please tell me, could a person receiving radiation treatments hold a child?

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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What are some items I could put in a care basket for somone undergoing radiation treatment?

What are some items I could put in a care basket for somone undergoing radiation treatment?

Show you care: 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

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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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How effective is radiation treatment of prostate?

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

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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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Is it pl to visit someone having radiation treatment?

Is it pl to visit someone having radiation treatment?

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

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What are the risks of concaving under radiation treatment?

What are the risks of concaving under radiation treatment?

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

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Can you have radiation treatment while receiving chemotherapy?

Can you have radiation treatment while receiving chemotherapy?

Yes: Your radiation and medical oncologist should coordinate whether this should be done. Some cancers doing the treatment at the same time gives the best result while other cancer doing them in succession is best. ...Read more

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What makes radiation treatment kill cancer?

What makes radiation treatment kill cancer?

Starving tumor: This is a complex process but to be simple, radiation causes alterations within the cancer cell that include formation of what we call tumor hypoxia (low oxygen level) and free radicals that result in cell toxicity and assault which causes cell death. ...Read more

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Is radiation treatment necessary or required for dcis?

Sometimes.: The primary treatment for dcis is surgical: either a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. Following a lumpectomy, radiation therapy is often recommended, depending on the type of dcis, the size, and the age of the patient. ...Read more

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How does the doctor decide how to to the radiation treatment?

Briefly: 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

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What should you eat after oral radiation treatment?

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

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What should I avoid doing during radiation therapy treatment?

What should I avoid doing during radiation therapy treatment?

Smoking/ Vit E: Mega dose of antioxidants, vitamin e, excess sun exposure to the treatment area, usually excessive alcohol or tobacco (the more oxygen around, the more effective the radiation). ...Read more

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Can I go swimming during the course of my radiation treatments?

Can I go swimming during the course of my radiation treatments?

Not recommended: Swimming is not recommended. The chemicals found in most pool water may irritate your skin. The alignment skin marks may also fade from soaking in water for too long. ...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

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Could there be a difference between radiation treatment and chemo?

Could there be a difference between radiation treatment and chemo?

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

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If my grandpa is undergoing intense radiation treatment, is it safe to be around him?

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

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What is the best diet we have to take while doing treatment of khemotherapy and radiation?

What is the best diet we have to take while doing treatment of khemotherapy and radiation?

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

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What to do if I completed radiation therapy (30) treatments. Will it return any time soon?

Depends: What kind of cancer? The rates of recurrence depend on the type of cancer treated and the stage at which it was treated. For some kinds of cancer the chance of a complete cure with 30 treatments could be higher than 90%. For others the chance could be as low as 5-10%. ...Read more

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Treatment options. Why does it take so long to find it out if radiation or chemo will add any years of survival?

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

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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

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How effective is radiation in cancer treatment?

How effective is radiation in cancer treatment?

It depends: Radiation therapy effect depends on the type of cancer, and the desired outcome. Sometimes radiation is used to help cure cancers. Other times it is used to palliate (or decrease) symptoms of an otherwise incurable cancer. ...Read more

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What's the fastest treatment for chronic radiation colitis?

What's the fastest treatment for chronic radiation colitis?

Fastest or best?: Once present there are not any perfect treatments. Oral steroids may help for severe flares but long term success is limited. Removing the colon is the only true cure of colitis. Other than that treatment of symptoms is all that can be done. ...Read more

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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