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Can pregnant women get radiation therapy?

Can pregnant women get radiation therapy?

Yes: If its absolutely necessery and the life of the mother depends on it. It will depend how far along the pregnancy is and how far away from the abdomen the radiation is given. Alternatives of chemotherapy may also be available so radiation can be avoided. Sometimes it's better to wait till the patient delivers then radiate later. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can radiation therapy get rid of a mesothelioma?

Can radiation therapy get rid of a mesothelioma?

Not likely: Mesothelioma has been treated with radiation therapy but it is not very effective. Luckily there is now chemotherapy available which can help control the disease. Surgery still remains the only possibility for clearing the disease totally. ...Read more

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Can alcoholics still get radiation therapy for cancer?

Can alcoholics still get radiation therapy for cancer?

Yes: Alcohol over long periods is an environmental cause of certain cancers. These often need radiation and many have hard time to stop drinking but should. ...Read more

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What are the most common side effects of radiation therapy that patients get?

What are the most common side effects of radiation therapy that patients get?

Varies: Radiation affects different body parts in different ways. Early stage breast cancer relatively few symptoms - typically some fatigue, sometimes a mild sunburn like skin irritation in the radiated areas. Base of the tongue, much harsher side effects (and it is often combined with chemotherapy). They all get severe dry mouth, and may be unable to eat for awhile. Ask your rad onc doc for specifics. ...Read more

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Can children get sick by living with someone who is getting radiation therapy?

Can children get sick by living with someone who is getting radiation therapy?

No: With regular radiation given by machines a patient does not come home with any radiation and everyone is perfectly safe. In certain cases a patient is given radioactive substances and there are risks to children and pregnant women. For these patients there will be time and distance rules given in a written format to the patient and the family. ...Read more

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Can healthy people get radiation therapy to prevent cancer?

Can healthy people get radiation therapy to prevent cancer?

No: We can not take unnecessary radiation as it has it's risk and would give no benefit. However we all get very very low amounts of radiation from the earth and atmosphere. This keeps our bodies repair systems for any damage radiation causes functional. However if we never got any radiation that is what would be best. Radiation therapy is only needed for cancer and other benign conditions. ...Read more

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Tattoos before radiation? I learned that patients get tattoo before the radiation therapy process, what and why are there needs to do so? Are they permanent or painful?

Tattoos before radiation? I learned that patients get tattoo before the radiation therapy process, what and why are there needs to do so? Are they permanent or painful?

Tattoos : Tattoos are sometimes needed for radiation therapy. It depends on the part of the body being treated and the type and amount of radiation being given. If they are necessary the tattoos are only the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen and they look like little freckles. The tattoos are used to line the patient up with special lights in the treatment room in order to make sure that the patient is in the same position every day for the radiation treatments. The tattoos do sting for a moment when they done, but most people think it is less painful than an IV or blood draw. They are generally permanent, but hardly noticeable and could potentially be removed with a laser if they are bothersome. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Yes: Radiation is standard treatment for rectal cancers which have not spread and is used in combination with chemotherapy. For pure colon cancers, radiation is used sometimes in special situations (e.g. Cancer involving nearby critical organ or causing pain/ bleeding). The main therapies for colon cancer though are surgery and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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How can radiation therapy work to get rid of mesothelioma cancer?

How can radiation therapy work to get rid of mesothelioma cancer?

Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma is an aggressive tumor arising from the lining of the lung or peritoneum. Because the tumor often occupies a broader area that can easily spread, radiation is an attempt to treat the field (the tumor and its surroundings, often contaminated by tumor). Radiation causes additional mutations in rapidly dividing cells with the hope it stops further growth and spread. ...Read more

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Can I still get radiation therapy after a breast reconstruction?

Can I still get radiation therapy after a breast reconstruction?

Yes: It's not ideal but it can be done safely. The patient is treated like any other breast cancer patient without reconstruction. ...Read more

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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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Radiation Therapy (Definition)

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