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Can radiation treatment cause pneumonia?

Can radiation treatment cause  pneumonia?

Yes: It is called radiation pneumonitis. Not an infection but it is damage caused by the radiaton to the lung tissue. ...Read more

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Can radiation treatment cause infertility in woman?

Can radiation treatment cause infertility in woman?

Sometimes: If the radiation field encompases the ovaries or a single remaining ovary, then with usual treatment intensity, there is a high liklihood of infertility. To avoid this the radiation fields are usually designed to spare the ovaries but since the ovaries move around in the pelvis somewhat, often surgery is used before the radiation therapy to move and fix the ovaries out of planned radiation area. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pneumonia?Treatment of pneumonia?

What are the causes of pneumonia?Treatment of pneumonia?

Infection/antibiotic: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs, which can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Somethings which predispose to pneumonia include impaired cough ( which may happen after surgery or after something like a stroke, weakened immune system, which may be seen with things like cancer chemo, or chronic lung disease. Treatment is antibiotics, support like supplemental oxygen if needed and time. ...Read more

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Radiation treatment for cancer - can it cause copd?

Radiation treatment for cancer - can it cause copd?

Not usually: Radiation causes pneumonia followed by some degree of p-rt fibrosis. It may be treated with steroids. It causes a restrictive lung defect . COPD causes an obstructive lung defect. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause GI issues?

Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause GI issues?

Not usually: Breast radiation doesn't usually have many side effects outside of the breast, chest wall, and occasionally the lung. But fatigue is common and sometimes depression as well (not really related to the radiation per se). So it is not uncommon for iriitable bowel type symptoms to flare up if you are a person that has GI issues when stressed. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy cause colitis?

Can radiation therapy cause colitis?

Yes: This is inflammation of the bowel lining. This can be a result of radiation or chemotherapy. But this inflammation can also be infectious or autoimmune as well. If its radiation caused it has to be by radiation aimed at the bowel and can be treated with diet and drugs. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy cause bleeding?

Can radiation therapy cause bleeding?

Yes: Often radiation is used to stop bleeding, such as coughing up blood from a lung cancer, or bleeding from the vagina from a cervix or vaginal cancer. However if the skin in an area peels excessively or the linings of the oral or intestinal tract such as the rectum can bleed temporarily and often heal. However long term changes can lead to periodic bleeding from an area such as the rectum. ...Read more

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What treatments exist for acute trismus caused by radiation to neck?

What treatments exist for acute trismus caused by radiation to neck?

Trismus: Tough question. Mostly confined to rehab with exercises designed to try to loosen the scarring of the chewing muscles ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy cause nausea?

Can radiation therapy cause nausea?

Yes: Since radiation affects both normal and cancerous cells, if your GI tract or brain are in the path of the radiation beam, there is a good chance that nausea will develop. We have excellent drugs to prevent chemotherapy or radiation therapy induced nausea, however. ...Read more

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Pneumonia (Definition)

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