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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Cancer Radiation (Overview)

Cancer radiation is a treatment in which a person is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate his body to damage or destroy cancer cells, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing.


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What are worst breast cancer radiation effects?

What are worst breast cancer radiation effects?

FIBROSIS: Radiation pneumonitis with fibrosis is the most serious. Also radiation esophagitis and scarring of the skin. Most resolve to some degree with time and steroids. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
93 Doctors shared insights

Cancer Radiation (Overview)

Cancer radiation is a treatment in which a person is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate his body to damage or destroy cancer cells, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing.


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Side effects from cancer radiation?

Side effects from cancer radiation?

Depends: This depends on the site of your body being treated, and the dose of radiation being administered. It also depends on whether chemotherapy is also being used. Your radiation oncologist should be able to answer your question. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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Can you tell me the process of cancer radiation treatment?

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

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Is it dangerous for a pregnant woman to go near someone that is undergoing cancer radiation therapy?

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 more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask an oncologist to refer you to a cancer pain specialist
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Ask a pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If you have pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If you have neuropathy, request a trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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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?

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 more

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64 yr. Old man with prior successful prostate cancer radiation treatment 3 yrs ago. Solar plexus pain. What organ if concern with cancer?

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

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What is the best treatment for esophageal pain from lung cancer radiation therapy?

What is the best treatment for esophageal pain from lung cancer radiation therapy?

Radiation Esophagtis: You can use antacids to control the acid washing up from the stomach as well as meds such as nexium (esomeprazole).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 more

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Have severe stomach/gut pain at night. Started losartan potassium tab 25 mg 1x daily since 4/21.Blood prehad prostate cancer surgery &radiation 3 yrs?

Have severe stomach/gut pain at night. Started losartan potassium tab 25 mg 1x daily since 4/21.Blood prehad prostate cancer surgery &radiation 3 yrs?

Losartan and pain: The chances of your gut pain being due to your low dose of losartan (l) are pretty small. L is a drug of the angiotensin receptor blocker class (arb). Arb's are known to have very few adverse effects and abdominal pain is not one of them. See a physician for the cause of your pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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Side effects from cancer radiation?

Depends: This depends on the site of your body being treated, and the dose of radiation being administered. It also depends on whether chemotherapy is also being used. Your radiation oncologist should be able to answer your question. ...Read more

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How many kinds of cancer radiation therapies are there?

How many kinds of cancer radiation therapies are there?

Depends: There are two main types, external beam and internal radiation through "seeds". Thyroid cancer can be treated with radioactive iodine given IV. Radioactive seeds are sometimes implanted to treat prostate cancer. Radioactive devices may be put in the vagina to treat cervical cancer. ...Read more

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What kinds of bad side effects can be from cancer radiation?

Depends: Will try to be general as body location, type of radiation, reason for treatment, etc play a sig role in answering your q.
Short term: inflammation with resultant symptoms based upon organs/tissues treated or receiving dose, fatigue, etc
long term: scar tissue, cancer risk, etc
as one faces most treatments: try to eat small freq meals, stay hydrated, exercise. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the process of cancer radiation treatment?

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

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Need to know how much does cancer radiation treatments cost?

Need to know how much does cancer radiation treatments cost?

Why?: Cost is important of course, but curious why you need to know this? ...Read more

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What are worst side effects of cancer radiation and surgery?

What are worst side effects of cancer radiation and surgery?

Need More Info: The side effects of both surgery and radiation therapy are dependent on the specific type of cancer that is being treated. ...Read more

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I need to know how much does cancer radiation treatments cost?

Cost of radiation: There is no set cost for radiation: it depends on the place you are being treated (some states have cheaper cost)and the site you are having treated. The planning used and the number of treatments will also play a factor. The range of cost can be from 3000 to 50, 000 dollars us. Ask your doctors financial/billing team to give you a estimate when you first go for consult. ...Read more

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What negative health consequences are associated with cancer radiation and/or cancer surgery?

What negative health consequences are associated with cancer radiation and/or cancer surgery?

Depends on type.: Cancer treatment is usually divided into local (the organ where the cancer started) and systemic (the rest of the body) therapy. Both surgery and radiation therapy are local rx's--their side effects are dependent on which organ is being treated. Which specific cancer type are you referring to? ...Read more

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What is the most mordern cancer radiation therapy?

Modern radiation: The first patient was treated with radiation in 1890s.So as you can see its been around a long time. The machines have delivered radiation in a similar energy form since the 1950s (linear accelerator).Proton therapy has been around since the 1960s.The radiation itself has not changed. It is really the planning computers and the diagnostic xray machines that have changed the delivery in the last 30yrs. ...Read more

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Which radioisotope is now used in cancer radiation treatment?

There are many: Isotopes in use for cancer and benign disease treatment - the list goes from the original radium being re-tooled for prostate treatment to iodine isotopes, 131 for thyroid conditions and 125 as a sealed source for prostate brachytherapy. Narrow your question and I can be very specific. ...Read more

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If radioactivity can cause cancer, do cancer radiation treatments radiate the people around the patients?

If radioactivity can cause cancer, do cancer radiation treatments radiate the people around the patients?

No, except..: External beam radiation does not make the patient radioactive and they do not emit radiation. The exception being the few cases in which radioactive material is implanted in the patient, e.g., radioactive seeds for treatment of prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Need expert opinions about skin cancer radiation treatment?

Need expert opinions about skin cancer radiation treatment?

Not usual Rx: Radiation is not usually used to treat skin cancer. Surgery is the usual approach. See this site for more info.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/skin-cancer/ds00190. ...Read more

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My father is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer radiation is going on any further guideline will be good for us?

Guideline: These sites hopefully would be helpful for you:
http://www. Nccn. Org/patients/patient_guidelines/pancreatic/index. Html;
http://www. Cancer. Net/cancer-types/pancreatic-cancer;
http://www. Cancer. Net/all-about-cancer/cancernet-feature-articles/treatments-tests-and-procedures/understanding-radiation-therapy; http://www. Cancer. Org/cancer/pancreaticcancer/index. ...Read more

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Does resting a laptop on your stomach increase your risk for cancer radiation?

Does resting a laptop on your stomach increase your risk for cancer radiation?

No: I am unaware of any penertating radiation that escapes the case, and cancer causation requires penetration through your clothes or skin. Highly unlikely. ...Read more

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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 more

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I had prostate cancer radiation treatment 2yrs ago, semen is still yellowish. Is it normal?

I had prostate cancer radiation treatment 2yrs ago, semen is still yellowish. Is it normal?

Yes: Radiation therapy for prostate cancer will ofter permanently change the color, amount, and consistency of the ejaculate. If you are concerned, speak with your radiation oncologist or urologist. ...Read more

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I had prostate cancer radiation treatment, last psa test was. 58. If cancer do reoccur what kind symptoms will I get physically, feel, notice etc.?

Varies: If you are following psa, and your cancer recurs, vey often the patient is asymptomatic - the only symptom may be anxiety about the test result. Otherwise symptoms have to do with sight of recurrence- most common is bone pain or fracture. ...Read more

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I did prostate cancer radiation 2 yrs ago. Now psa 0.5. Everything was okay so far. I had eaten strange curry soup. Very bad daraherria leaked a bit.

I did prostate cancer radiation 2 yrs ago. Now psa 0.5. Everything was okay so far. I had eaten strange curry soup. Very bad daraherria leaked a bit.

Possibly Related: You can have long term complications from radiation treatment. They should have talked to you about the prior to treatment. Your diarrhea may have been so bad it caused the problem or it may have been so bad that with your changes from the radiation there was a problem. You will have to decide if it was bad enough to check with your physician. ...Read more

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What are worst breast cancer radiation effects?

FIBROSIS: Radiation pneumonitis with fibrosis is the most serious. Also radiation esophagitis and scarring of the skin. Most resolve to some degree with time and steroids. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Radiation Oncology (Definition)

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