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Dr. David Hoffman
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Colon Radiation (Overview)

Colon 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 in his colon (large intestine), or prevent cancer cells from reproducing.


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What sort of therapy is colon radiation?

What sort of therapy is colon radiation?

Colon xrt: With colon cancer we use radiation therapy when cancer is in the rectum (the farther part of the colon, the last 12-20 CM of your colon). ...Read more

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Dr. David Hoffman
16 doctors shared insights

Colon Radiation (Overview)

Colon 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 in his colon (large intestine), or prevent cancer cells from reproducing.


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How will having colon radiation affect my long-term health?

How will having colon radiation affect my long-term health?

Varies: Depends on the side effects you experience. It may be very bothersome later on if radiation colitis (colon) or proctitis (rectum) develops, which can be very irritating and annoying with its attendant diarrhea. Fortunately, the vast majority of patients have little if any long lasting side effects. ...Read more

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Does a colon radiation cause rectal bleeding after a year?

Does a colon radiation cause rectal bleeding after a year?

Yes it can: Radiation is known to cause some chronic damage to the rectal mucosa.This can lead to rectal bleeding. Let your oncologists/radiation oncologist know about it so that they can offer you help with medication to stop this ...Read more

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How will having colon radiation affect my long-term health?

Varies: Depends on the side effects you experience. It may be very bothersome later on if radiation colitis (colon) or proctitis (rectum) develops, which can be very irritating and annoying with its attendant diarrhea. Fortunately, the vast majority of patients have little if any long lasting side effects. ...Read more

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Are there long-term effects of colon radiation on my child's health?

Are there long-term effects of colon radiation on my child's health?

I'm puzzled..: Is your child receiving abdominal radiotherapy, perhaps for neuroblastom or wilm's tumor? Or, are you receiving external beam and wonder if it affects your child? If the former, there can be small intestine problems, but unlikely at dose used. If it is your radiotherapy, you expose your child to no hazzard, and you do not bring any radiactivity out of the facility with you. ...Read more

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What sort of therapy is colon radiation?

Colon xrt: With colon cancer we use radiation therapy when cancer is in the rectum (the farther part of the colon, the last 12-20 CM of your colon). ...Read more

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Does a colon radiation cause rectal bleeding after a year?

Yes it can: Radiation is known to cause some chronic damage to the rectal mucosa.This can lead to rectal bleeding. Let your oncologists/radiation oncologist know about it so that they can offer you help with medication to stop this ...Read more

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Does drinking beer make radiation for colon cancer less effective?

Does drinking beer make radiation for colon cancer less effective?

No: Radiation works on an atomic level through ionization. Free radicals are created and these ultimately damage a cells dna disrupting their survival. Beer has nothing in it to stop that process. Doctors and nurses however tell people to stop drinking so the side effects are not increased. As long as their is no diarrhea and one drinks one or two beers there should be no harm. And not daily. ...Read more

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If I have colon cancer and get radiation therapy, can I safely have sex with my husband?

If I have colon cancer and get radiation therapy, can I safely have sex with my husband?

Yes: Once you leave the radiation room there is no radiation left in you to effect your husband. As long as you do not have discomfort in the abdomen, pelvis or genitals there is no reason you can not have sex. ...Read more

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Gamma Rays (Definition)

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


Dr. Michael Gabor
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more