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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

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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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 take a shower during radiation treatments?

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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Which type of cells tend to be damaged the most during chemotherapy and radiation treatments?

Which type of cells tend to be damaged the most during chemotherapy and radiation treatments?

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

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Which type of cells tend to be damaged the most during chemotherapy and radiation treatments?

Which type of cells tend to be damaged the most during chemotherapy and radiation treatments?

Fast growing cells: Both chemotherapy and radiotherapy killl cells which are proliferating faster like the cells in our skin, hair, GI tract, gonads and blood cells. Most of these effects are short lived and the body is capable of recovering back to normal within a matter of 2-3 weeks after stopping these treatments. ...Read more

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Will all exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Yes it may: Radiation treatment can cause damage to surrounding areas. It may put you at risk for cancer in the future as well. Normally the risk/benefit ratio of radiation treatment is taken into account to treat the tumor now. ...Read more

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Do exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors always cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Do exposure to radiation during treatments for tumors always cause damage to DNA or is it possible that the DNA are not affected (no mutations, etc.)?

Yes, : Ionizing radiation can cause variety of different dna damages. Radiosensitivity differs in different cell type and tumors. Usually fasting deviding cell types are more susciptible to radiation-induced dna damage during cell proliferation. However, our cells also have an elegant dna damage repair system. Most of the cells can repair the damage by 30 min following exposure to 15 gy radiation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for stage three colorectal cancer to grow and spread during radiation and chemo treatments?

Is it possible for stage three colorectal cancer to grow and spread during radiation and chemo treatments?

Yes it can do so: Cancer can and sometimes does grow/progress right through the given treatment. it happens when the Cancer cells are resistant to the chemotherapy which is the case in about half of colorectal cancer patients treated with chemotherapy. A change of treatment is then required as the new treatment(different drugs) may still have a chance to work on the cancer. Your oncologist can explain this better. ...Read more

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Undergoing radiation treatment for voice box cancer stage 1. Why am I loosing my voice during these treatments? Will it come back?

Hoarseness: Hoarseness of the voice during radiation treatments is common and occurs more commonly when the vocal cords are in the field of radiation. This should resolve after the treatments are completed. Your Oncologist can provide the best guidance. ...Read more

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I am having bone pain here and there, did prostate cancer radiation treatment 2 yrs ago. Psa ok, 0.5 now. Initial psa 7.20, gleson 7 during treatment.

I am having bone pain here and there, did prostate cancer radiation treatment 2 yrs ago. Psa ok, 0.5 now. Initial psa 7.20, gleson 7 during treatment.

Get checked: Too many possibilities. Included are osteoporosis, low vitamin d, hyperparathyroid. Many metabolic causes. Also to be considered is involvement of bone by prostate ca. A simple evaluation goes a long way to answer these questions and allay any fears of cancer recurrence. ...Read more

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