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Can people get tattoos when undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy?

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 more

Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Radiation Oncology (Definition)

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


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How many days after radiotherapy should chemotherapy be taken? If too soon, does the patient get really really sick?

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

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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

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

Yes: Your question got cut off, but as long as you are not on any immunosuppressives (for gvhd after a bone marrow transplant, for example), you are ok to get a tattoo from a reputable artist that takes the necessary infectious disease risk precautions. You will not be at any increased risk compared to someone getting a tattoo who doesn't have a history of cancer treatment. ...Read more

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Do chemotherapy and radiotherapy have the same side effects? Or radiotherapy is easier to tolerate?

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

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How effective is radiotherapy and chemotherapy for treating cancer, the rate of survival?

How effective is radiotherapy and chemotherapy for treating cancer, the rate of survival?

Depends: Depends on the cancer. For some cancers, the treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy will prolong survival and quality of life with possible remissions and cures. ...Read more

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How frequently would chemotherapy and radiotherapy be given together?

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

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Can Radiotherapy be used for metastic colon cancer if chemotherapy is resistant?

Can Radiotherapy be used for metastic colon cancer if chemotherapy is resistant?

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 more

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Is chemotherapy necessary to take along with radiotherapy in larynx cancer?

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

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Dryness in mouth after 4 years of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. No saliva in mouth till now.

Dryness in mouth after 4 years of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. No saliva in mouth till now.

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 more

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Patients with advanced breast cancer, Has received chemotherapy, Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Patients with advanced breast cancer, Has received chemotherapy, Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Breast Cancer: As you see on TV cancer Dx and Rx is very individualized. Some need radiation and some may not. So discuss this with your Dr. ...Read more

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Age 79, male, colon cancer Pt3n1b, surgery finished. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy recommended? Or both?

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

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After whipple operation and radiotherapy, Jo is now treated by chemotherapy but he suffering from abdominal distension and vomiting What's the solution?

After whipple operation and radiotherapy, Jo is now treated by chemotherapy but he suffering from abdominal distension and vomiting What's the solution?

Whipple: You need to see a doctor ASAP. Nausea/vomiting/distention could be from the chemo, but could also be a bowel obstruction or stricturing of one of the new bowel connections from the Whipple operation. This would require in-hospital treatment. ...Read more

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Besides IRE, cyberknife, chemotherapy, diet, radiotherapy and clinical trials, what else may be an upcoming procedure for pancreatic cancer patients?

Besides IRE, cyberknife, chemotherapy, diet, radiotherapy and clinical trials, what else may be an upcoming procedure for pancreatic cancer patients?

The future is coming: Nanoparticle therapy, biologic therapies, and vaccine trials are coming up in the next few years for pancreatic cancer. A lot of work still to be done! ...Read more

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Is there a period of time you should stay away from children, particularly newborns, after having chemotherapy & radiotherapy for breast cancer?

Is there a period of time you should stay away from children, particularly newborns, after having chemotherapy & radiotherapy for breast cancer?

Radiotherapy: Depends on what type of treatment you had. Ask your doctor if you are safe around others just to be sure, although you probably are no danger to others. ...Read more

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My mom have throat cancer, she have a surgery this week to take the throat off but the dc didn't mention any chemotherapy or radiotherapy after the?

My mom have throat cancer, she have a surgery this week to take the throat off but the dc didn't mention any chemotherapy or radiotherapy after the?

Throat CA: Generally speaking, the first step is to remove the tumor and to do the pathology and look at all the information before deciding on chemo/radiation. I wish her a speedy recovery. ...Read more

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Would male breast cancer reoccur in thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Would male breast cancer reoccur in thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Very unlikely: Very few cancers metastasize to the thyroid. I'll bet you it's a new tumor. The pathologist can tell for sure. ...Read more

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Can male breast cancer reoccur in the thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Can male breast cancer reoccur in the thyroid after 8 years of mastectomy, radiotherapy and chemotherapy?

Less likely: The thyroid would be an unusual spot for breast cancer to spread. More common sites would be bone, liver, lung and brain. But with cancer, anything is possible. If there is a nodule on the thyroid the best thing to do would be an ultrasound guided biopsy if it looks concerning. ...Read more

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Aged 57yrs, wt 120 kg had diagnosed nonhodkins lymphoma in 2008, she undergone chemotherepy and radiotherapy. Now lack of immunity creating problems.

Many NHL patients: Have life long immune issues, even if the disease is in a long remission. Do you have a specific question about her immune deficits? ...Read more

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What are radiotherapy tattoos?

What are radiotherapy tattoos?

Allows precision: Very small tattoo markings (size of a freckle or head of a pin) are used in radiation therapy to allow the radiation therapist to precisely aim the high-tech equipment at the area needing treatment. These tiny dots are crucial for accurate targeting of the tumor area. A tattoo is better than a magic marker dot because it won't wash off when you take a shower or go swimming. ...Read more

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Can chemotheraphy patients have a tattoo done?

Can chemotheraphy patients have a tattoo done?

Yes: But ask your oncologist at what time is safe and inform her or him of what dye is being used before proceeding. ...Read more

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Please describe the most common way to get chemotherapy done?

Please describe the most common way to get chemotherapy done?

Go see an Oncologist: Chemotherapy is commonly given as IV infusion but there are increasing numbe rof new medicines which come in the form of pills or capsules which can be taken by mouth. ...Read more

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What is the best way to start exercising while undergoing chemotherapy?

What is the best way to start exercising while undergoing chemotherapy?

Slow: Diet and exercise appear to have benefit in various cancers. Most data is in breast cancer. However, while on chemo, start slowly. I would suggest walking as tolerated. Focus on getting through chemo, then consider a personal trainer or post-cancer group to help you gradually acclimate to exercise and work on diet. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy make you get a headache?

Can chemotherapy make you get a headache?

Zofran (ondansetron)?: The more common issue is that the antinausea medicine causes the headache--especially zofran, (ondansetron) kytril, aloxi. So check your meds and ask your nurse or doctor. ...Read more

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What will my first chemotherapy after effects be like after I get home? Will I need to be cared for?

Depends: Side effects vary depending on what treatment you will get, what disease is being treated and how well you feel going into treatment. There is a lot of person to person variability. Also, you will be given meds to combat side effects. Your oncologist should give this type of information, but in the end you will have to get a cycle of treatment to really know how tolerable it will be. Good luck ...Read more

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Which type of chemotherapy do patients with apl get?

Chemo + ATRA: Usually an anthracycline, typically daunorubicin. Also all trans retinoic acid (ATRA). Sometimes cytarabine is used as well. Now some of the protocols don't use any chemotherapy. Now some are treated with Arsenic Trioxide and ATRA. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to be around a patient that is undergoing chemotherapy?

No: As long as you are not sick and take contact precautions as recommended by the doctor, it is not harmful. ...Read more

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Is it still possible to get pregnant after chemotherapy for hodgkin's?

Yes: It is possible for women who have been treated with chemotherapy for hodgkin's to get pregnant. There are step that can be considered to increase your odds. Most oncologist now discuss those option before starting treatment and refer patients to a fertility specialist. ...Read more

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What is the side effects to people undergoing chemotherapy such as ifosfamide?

Ifosfamide toxicity: The main side effects are alopecia, leukopenia (decline in white blood cells), blood in urine, which is related to a metabolite of the prodrug.Mesna is typically infused along with Ifosfamide to help neutralize the metabolite.
Nausea and neuro toxicities round out the rest of the side-effects. ...Read more

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Would you force a teenager with cancer to undergo chemotherapy against his will?

Would you force a teenager with cancer to undergo chemotherapy against his will?

Work with counselor: Before ~25y the brain is still developing & decisions lack some of what we accept as adult level competance. The 16-17yo is 75% there, but quite capable of understanding much of the issues. At the same time many have unrealistic fatalism or invulnerability ideas. Each kid & situation is unique. Confer with the oncology team, counselors, psychologists. In the end the parent must make a decision. ...Read more

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Do doctors use any special criteria when deciding whether or not an elderly patient should undergo chemotherapy?

Yes: There is always an evaluation to decide whether chemotherapy will have benefit at any age. The same goes for the elderly. In general, something called "performance status" is a major deciding factor. Also one must evaluate the potential benefits of chemotherapy based upon a person's age and expected longevity. Surprisingly, many elderly patients with a good performance status do quite well. ...Read more

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What is paliative chemotherapy? My uncle is to undergo, does this mean his cancer is terminal, and he has a limited time to live

What is paliative chemotherapy? My uncle is to undergo, does this mean his cancer is terminal, and he has a limited time to live

Not curative: Uncle has disease that can not be cured (sorry). However, treatment available to improve symptoms, quality of life (pethaps, get details from MDs), quantity of life (get details from MDs), with potential for side effects (get details grom MDs). Good idea? Often is, but depends on individual patient, disease, stage of disease, other factors ...Read more

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What happens if you get cancer, but you don't want to take chemotherapy or radiation?

What happens if you get cancer, but you don't want to take chemotherapy or radiation?

It depends on type o: It depnds on the type of cancer and its stage. Early cancers (stage 1 or 2) is often easy to treat and very likely curable. So it will be foolish not to take treatment. Stage 3 can also be curable but requires extensive treatment doe by a good oncologist. Sytage-4 cancers are more complicated to treat, yet treatment can extend life by years. Turning down treatment is not a good idea....it is foolis ...Read more

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Do chemotherapy side effects get better?

Mostly: There are many side effects to chemotherapy and most get better with time. The exact side effects vary with different drugs. Some side effects like hair loss and nausea get better but certain side effects such as nerve damage (with specific drugs) or sterility (with specific drugs and dosages) may be permanent. ...Read more

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Can someone get cancer from chemotherapy?

Yes but its rare: Chemicals of various kinds can be carcinogenic. Similarly chemotherapy drugs have a known small risk to cause secondary cancers. Two classes of Anticancer drugs are more prone to cause Cancer. These include alkylating agents (like Melphalan) and anthracyclines like Doxorubicin. The benefits of chemotherapy are much greater than the small risk (1-2% or lower) of causing cancer. ...Read more

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Are there any alcohol restrictions when undergoing chemotherapy?

Are there any alcohol restrictions when undergoing chemotherapy?

Yes and no: In general alcohol use is to be discouraged during chemotherapy because it is immune-suppressive. But on a special occasion, an occasional drink is permissible. Do verify with your oncologist and check with him/her before you take my word for it. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

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


Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

The term chemotherapy typically is used to describe using chemicals to treat ...Read more