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Can People Get Tattoos When Undergoing Chemotherapy And Radiotherapy
Not a good idea: Of course it's your body and you can do whatever you want! but i would advise that you wait until after chemo and radiation to get a tattoo. Why? During treatment you have a higher risk for infection, skin dryness/peeling, and reacting to the ink. The bigger risk is probably chemo. If your radiation is aimed at a body part far away from your tattoo, it might be ok, but ask your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Radiation oncology is a field of study in which a person specializes in radiation therapy, a treatment in which the patient is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate his body to destroy cancer cells, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing. A doctor of this specialty ...Read more
How many days after radiotherapy should chemotherapy be taken? If too soon, does the patient get really really sick?
It depends: There is no single answer. In early breast cancer the delay might be 4 weeks. In lung cancer, bladder cancer and rectal cancers the treatments are given together to get the best treatment effect and shrinkage of the cancer. When these treatments are given together the doses and schedules are often changed to reduce side effects. Most patient are able to take these treatments without excess problem. ...Read more
I just went through cancer in 2010 and I have now been cancer free for a year. I was wondering if i could get a tattoo? I i went through chemotherapy and radiation and have wanted to get a tattoo for awhile but did not know since i had cancer and went thr
Do chemotherapy and radiotherapy have the same side effects? Or radiotherapy is easier to tolerate?
Apples & oranges: Some side effects are similar (like fatigue) some others very different. Depends a lot on the type and intensity of the chemo as well as the intensity and target area of the radiation mixed with the general health of the patient. It is not proper to generalize and say chemo is easier than radiation or radiation easier than chemo. I've seen people do well or get very sick with either. ...Read more
Occasionally: When the benefits justify the increased toxicity of both given together. Some examples include stage 3 non small cell lung cancer, limited stage small cell lung cancer, locally advanced head and neck cancer, stage 3 rectal cancer, and glioblastoma (brain cancer). There are other situations when the treating doc may feel that the benefit outweights toxicity and do the combo. ...Read more
Not often: Radiotherapy can be useful in certain select cases where the Cancer is localized to one or two spots only. This means 1 patient in 5 may be suitable candidate. But you need to seek consultation with a radiation oncologist before you can get a clear cut answer for your circumstances. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acupuncture/salagen: Acupuncture has been studied in a randomized controlled manner to show significant improvement in long term xerostomia (dry mouth) as a result of radiation damage to the salivary glands. Sometimes the effects are not long lasting and repeat procedures are required. It must be done by an experienced acupuncturist and there is a national protocol that can be followed. Salagen is med &can help also. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It depends: For larger primary tumors and disease that spreads to the neck you might need dual modality treatment. This means surgery + radiation or radiation + chemotherapy. You will need to have a detailed discussion with your ENT and your oncologist in order to reach an informed decision. There are pros and cons to each treatment option, and they will help you w/ your decision. ...Read more
Age 79, male, colon cancer Pt3n1b, surgery finished. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy recommended ? or both?
More info: The molecular and some of the subtle microscopic features must also be considered. Then the odds with and without different modalities can be reviewed. It will be your choice. ...Read more
Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more
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