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Can We Use Toilets Of A Cancer Patient Who Got Radiation Implants Down There
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Body site: The goals of radiation therapy are to maximize the chances of effectively killing the cancer cells while minimizing the chances of doing serious harm. The dose of radiation is determined by the dose thought required to kill the cancer cells balanced by the dose limitations of the nearby normal organs. This in turn determines the number of treatments. ...Read more
What is the average life expectancy or duration life for a head and neck cancer patient who has been treated with radiation?
Many ways: Very commonly organ failure will be a big clue - marrow failure, liver failure, respiratory failure, etcetera. Prior to any of these things setting in, it is very important to have end of life discussions and understand a person's wishes with regard to resuscitation, living will, healthcare surrogate, spiritual wishes, etc. ...Read more
Global decline: Unfortunately nothing specific but notable decline in activity. Sometimes increase sleeping, unable to care for self. Increasing pain like symptoms. Extreme fatigue and weakness. Less communicative. Of course laboratory assessment can be very telling with abnormalities noted in liver function and kidney function. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you can slow down the movement of mitosis in a cancer patient, will that cure cancer?
My friend is a cancer patient who's kindey's have started producing creamy fluid, is this a sign of her body shutting down?
What is the life expectency of prostrate cancer patient with metastasis. Orchiechtomy is done and in last 3 months the psa went down from <100 to 21?
How to slow down the growth of cancer cells? (for last stage cancer patient, cancer cells at liver, lung and pelvis. Most critical is liver.)
Your Oncologist can: This is a broad question. There are many anticancer drugs that are used to slow cancer cell growth. But they vary in their effectiveness depending on which organ is the source of cancer. Not knowing the details of the history i can not be any more specific. Please pose this question to the treating oncologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are "markers" and what does it mean to a breast cancer patient with stage 4, metastatic cancer, when her markers go from 4, 700 down to 53?
Tumor marker: You must be referring to a particular tumor marker! tumor markers are used to track the progress of certain cancers. If your number has gone down to that level it means the modality of treating your brest cancer has been very effective! it does not necessarily mean you are in remission, all it means is that your breast cancer has responded very well to the treatment you have received! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Implant radiation (brachytherapy) is a common procedure and can be used on many types of cancer. It is most commonly used for prostate cancer, gyn cancers (cervix and endometrial most commonly), and breast (partial breast radiation). It can also be used for skin cancer, head and neck cancers, sarcomas, and GI cancers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Palliation: Symptom relief is important and radiation can be used for that. ...Read more
What kind of food should we give to 3rd stage cervical cancer patient who is about to undergo radiation?
Low fiber: Radiation treatment for cervical cancer includes treatment of the pelvis. One of the more common symptoms that can develop during treatment is loose stools. Often times a diet high in fiber can make this worse and so we often recommend a low fiber diet. In regards to whether a certain diet can improve the radiation treatment we don't really know the answer to that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How does radiation relieve pain in bone cancer patients? Once an area is treated, will pain later reoccur in that location, or will it stay pain free?
Tumors can: Destroy the internal "marrow spaces" and even the hard surfaces. Bones have an innervated periosteum, sac around the bone, and it is the sretching that causes pain. Radiation is used to kill the cancer, and allow normal healing of a fracture caused by the tumor. It usually is sufficient. Sometimes internal fixation (an operation) may be part of treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fibrosis and scar: The field where RT given associated with scarring and fibrosis. If in an area of treatment near nerves or major vessels, thickening of tissue or lymphedema can occur. Bowel or bladder can have associated symptoms therefore IMRT used. Effects can further be reduced by using gamma or cyberknife treatment offering better control to site of treatment. ...Read more
Many: Many for the proper indication.Get a more detailed answer ›
Supposing that radiation is bad for us (cell phones, microwaves, computers etc) why do doctors give it to cancer patients?
You're deceived: You're an adult and you need to learn to tell the truth from obvious lies. Internet claims that cell phones, computers, and microwaves are causing massive harm by exposing us to deadly radiation are ugly lies told by people who are trying to sell you something. If it were true, do you think spymasters -- the world's foremost truth-gatherers -- would use cell phones? Wise up ; stop being scared. ...Read more
Why dont lung cancer patients usually get lung transplants? Wouldnt this be better than chemo or radiation to get rid of the cancer lung?
Lung cancer spreads: Transplants are only useful if we can first eradicate the cancer, which is not possible in the case of Lung cancer. Further there is reduced immunity following transplants which encourages the cancer to grow faster and spread as the immune system is what keeps the Cancer under check for most of the time. ...Read more
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