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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
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
Whats considered high dosage of antioxidants during radiation therapy? Can I take barley grass which has 1000 iu of vitamin a
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
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
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
I'm wondering how long does it take to get your taste buds back after about 39 radiation treatment in your tonsil area?
5 patients: (i noticed you were waiting for a while to get answers, so i will comment here although I have limited experience as a dentist.) in my fresh memories, five patients come to mind. All of them had throat/mouth cancer and got similar radiations. Loss of taste seemed common--almost expected. All five patients got sensation back, but took various time. Radiation therapists know many cases, so ask them. ...Read more
I am currently on my 35th radiation treatment. I take 0.8mg of flomax (tamsulosin) but i'm againexperiencing decrease flow and burning. Should i increase to 0.12 m?
Yep: Some patients with throat, lung, rectal and other cancers get concurrent chemo and radiation. The benefit of the combo in certain specific settings is more than that of the treatments given separately but the toxicity can be worse too so it's not for everybody and not for all situations. ...Read more
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
How long does it take to recover from radiation side effects. It's been three weeks since my last treatment 10 treatments in total. Non Hodgkin's Ly?
1-2 months: Most patients have some side effects for about 4 weeks and then start recovering and are nearly fully recovered in 2 months after the treatment was completed. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Undergoing radiation treatment for voice box cancer stage 1. Why am I loosing my voice during these treatments? Will it come back?
Months: It depends how much radiation was delivered to some extent, but this is often fairly standard dosing. You should expect hoarseness for 4-6 months in many cases and could be longer. Make sure you keep well hydrated to thin the mucus in your throat and larynx. Keep the humidity high in the home and bedroom. Give it time to heal. ...Read more
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