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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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