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Can Radiation Treatment Cause Pneumonia
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Secondary Cancer: Radiation does cause cancer, but is also used to treat cancer in radiation oncology. The best data for this is from children treated with radiation and followed closely for many years. The data can be murky with other causes of cancer. However, in general, the risk of secondary malignancy is much less than 1% can take up to 20 years to develop. The benefit of radiation far outweighs this risk. ...Read more
Yes and no: There is no way to reverse the erectile dysfunction that results from radiation following however medications such as viagra/levitra/cialis can help. If these medications do not help then there are other options as well (injections, pumps). It is important to have these discussions with you radiation oncologist and or urologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: If the hips get an amount of radiation above what this area can handle this complication can happen. This is why there is treatment planning and doctors limit radiation doses to the area of concern. However if treated no more than the maximum tolerance their is still 5 percent chance of complications at that maximum level. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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