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Radiation oncology is a field of study in which a person specializes in radiation therapy, a treatment in which the patient is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate his body to destroy cancer cells, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing. A doctor of this specialty ...Read more
Rad treatment steps: 1. Evaluation by radiation oncologist to determine if radiation is an option 2. If so, need to do a planning session to determine the area to treat. Known as simulation. May involve imaging like ct 3. Radiation oncologist works with physics staff to get a good plan on computer 4. Plan then executed on the radiation treatment machine. ...Read more
Is it dangerous for a pregnant woman to go near someone that is undergoing cancer radiation therapy?
Typically, no: The most common way people receive radiation therapy is with external beam treatment. If this was the case, there is no risk of radiation exposure to anyone after each treatment session. It is very similar to getting an x-ray. If there was any implanted radiation or ingested or injected radiation, there may be concerns of radiation exposure. If you are not certain of the type of radiation, ask. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An 87 y/o had a diagnosis of myelodysplasia and has never had cancer/radiation. Mental/physical health declined a lot this yr. Heavy metal toxicity possible?
Doubt it: While heavy metal toxicity like exposure to arsenic or even heavy metal deficiency like copper deficiency can cause myelodysplasia, age 87 by itself increases the risk of many malignancies including mds and you may not find any other risk factors. I would say though that other causes like vitamin B12 and copper deficiency should be excluded in this age group as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
64 yr. Old man with prior successful prostate cancer radiation treatment 3 yrs ago. Solar plexus pain. What organ if concern with cancer?
May be...: After a successful rt for prostate cancer(pca), the patient will still require a lifelong f/u for possible rising psa after definitive rx; it's reasonable to do so every 6 months for the described one by repeating psa and with clinical assessment. Solar plexus pain is very unlikely related with pca. Instead, consider hypertension-related or idiopathic. Pca-related pain occurs in its late stage. ...Read more
Numbness in right leg after bladder cancer radiation. Went from toes to lower leg, now thigh. Hard to play tennis! Massage works, need help! Thank?
Radiation Esophagtis: You can use antacids to control the acid washing up from the stomach as well as meds such as nexium.I also have a liquid mix that will topically numb the surface temporarily. Taking pain medicine on a regular basis say every 4 to 6 hours will help a lot. And last but not least a break from treatment is sometimes the best of all options. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Irradiation is the process by which an object is exposed to radiation. The exposure can originate from various sources, including natural sources. Most frequently the term refers to ionizing radiation, and to a level of radiation that will serve a specific purpose, rather than radiation exposure to normal ...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
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