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Doctor insights on: Can I Take A Shower During Radiation Treatments

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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

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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Whats considered high dosage of antioxidants during radiation therapy? Can I take barley grass which has 1000 iu of vitamin a

Whats considered high dosage of antioxidants during radiation therapy? Can I take barley grass which has 1000 iu of vitamin a

Yes: 1000 units is not excessive as most multivitamins contain 5000 units. Antioxidants may help you tolerate radiation side effects. A nutritional purple ENT that is helpful is a medicinal mushroom blend such as matake-d. ...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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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 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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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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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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How much time does it take to get your taste buds back after about 39 radiation treatment inyour tonsil area?

A few weeks: or at most of finishing a course of cancer drugs. The taste buds are actually damaged by the radiation and they need time to recover. Use biotin mouthwash and drink a lots of water. Get well soon! ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does it take to get your taste buds back after about 39 radiation treatment in your tonsil area?

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

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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?

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?

No: The maximum dose for Flomax (tamsulosin) is 0.8mg. Ask your radiation oncologist if there is something else that can be done, such as adding Ibuprofen (if you've been told by your physician that it is ok for you to take ibuprofen). ...Read more

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Could you take chemotherapy and radiation at the same time for cancer treatment?

Could you take chemotherapy and radiation at the same time for cancer treatment?

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

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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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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

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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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When after radiation treatments to the throat does it normally take to regain your voice?

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