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Could radiation therapy be giving me acne?

Could radiation therapy be giving me acne?

Yes: We do see an acne type rash in the treatment area at times. More commonly its just a sunburn effect. However check to see if you are on Erbitux which is known to cause a acne rash all over. Sometimes this is severe and needs antibiotics. If its just radiation, we have creams that help and washing with an antibacterial cleanser is very useful. After the radiation these skin changes should clear. ...Read more

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Could the radiation therapy for my prostate cancer be giving me radiation prostatitis?

Could the radiation therapy for my prostate cancer be giving me radiation prostatitis?

Possibly: I'm not sure exactly what you are referring to by radiation prostatitis but if you are referring to increased urinary urgency and frequency then yes this is a possible acute side effect of radiation treatment to the prostate. This can be managed easily with some medications that can be given to you by your radiation oncologist. ...Read more

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Could radiation therapy for breast cancer be giving me a cough?

Could radiation therapy for breast cancer be giving me a cough?

Yes: There is a small amount of lung radiated that usually causes no problems. But sometimes this amount is large enough to cause a pneumonitis that can cause a cough. You need an exam and a lung x-ray to determine if this is the cause. ...Read more

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I had my prostate taken out my psa rose now a I'm due to have radiation therapy what are they going to radiate I don't have a prostate?

To the bed of. ..: Your condition is rising psa after definitive rx with radical prostate removal, which is relatively common in up to almost 1/3 after such surgery. The plan to radiate is termed as salvage radiation under assumption of local recurrence after updated imaging study shows no suspicion for metastasis. But no spread as reported in imaging studies doesn't mean absolutely no microscopic metastasis. ...Read more

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If your onj is not caused from radiation therapy nor from taking osteo/steroid or bisphoshonates meds or therapy, then what else could cause it?

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Is it ONJ?: Onj defines a condition that the bone in the affected area does not heal and becoming necroses. Inability for osteoclast function is the main reason. Any drug, disease condition or ailment that affecting osteoclast function will give you onj. Severe diabetic patient may develop localized infection in the area and causes necroses/delay healing. Biopsy for cancer. Laser biostimulation will help. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could someone explain radiation therapy?

Its treatment for Ca: It is one form of treatment for Cancer.
Your doctor will explain it before they do the treatment. ..simply ask that you want your questions answered.
Typically it involves a machine (like an X-ray machine) which would be used to deliver rays from the machine over to your body. You can not see or feel these rays. They do not hurt...the whole treatment last a few minutes. Nothing to be scared about. ...Read more

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Could radiation therapy for my prostate be making me incontinent?

Could radiation therapy for my prostate be making me incontinent?

It is possible: This is unusual to occur as radiation may cause impotence but incontinence is not as common. I have seen it occur with brachytherapy (seeds) more often than in external beam. However patients were on the elderly side, over 75. More commonly the patient has a concurrent infection during or after radiation that when treated the incontinence resolves. Also if you have a TURP afterwards its likely. ...Read more

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Doesn't radiation therapy increase cancer cell growth?

Doesn't radiation therapy increase cancer cell growth?

Not really: When given appropiately, radiation helps with local control. Keeping the tumor from recurring where it started). But yes exposure to radiation can be a cause for second cancers- (tho rare) most commonly sarcomas in the area of the radiated tissue). ...Read more

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Could radiation therapy help me live my last few months with less cancer pain?

Could radiation therapy help me live my last few months with less cancer pain?

Yes: Many cancer patients that can not be cured may have pain or other symptoms. These problems can be helped by palliative radiation which is shorter and quicker. ...Read more

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Is there a reason I can't take antioxidants while I'm getting radiation therapy?

Is there a reason I can't take antioxidants while I'm getting radiation therapy?

Yes: Radiation takes advantage of free radicals formed in the field of radiation to cause dna damage targeted at cancer cells. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers, so they can potentially reduce the effectiveness of radiation treatments. It is best to avoid mega doses of antioxidants in the diet during and up to 6 weeks after radiation treatments. ...Read more

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Why can't my father be around my children while he's having radiation therapy for his prostate?

Why can't my father be around my children while he's having radiation therapy for his prostate?

Seeds /y radioactive: Radioactive seed implant of prostate makes your father slightly radioactive for about 6 months when the amount of radioactivity has decreased significantly. Children have young organs prone to injury from radiation. Other forms of radiation like external beam radiation, imrt, igrt, cyberknife, high-dose-rate brachy therapy do not make your father radioactive. No risk to be around children. ...Read more

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Is there a point at which radiation therapy for cancer doesn't help enough to make the side effects worth it?

Is there a point at which radiation therapy for cancer doesn't help enough to make the side effects worth it?

Yes.: You don't always know if a treatment is going to work on a patient. If the cancer is too advanced and there is little hope of helping the patient the doctor needs to tell a patient and their family so they can consider hospice or comfort measures. Many times radiation actually is a comfort measure and given so their is no side effect but relief of the symptoms. ...Read more

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Is nuclear medicine considered internal radiation therapy? For some reason, it seems like all the definitions of internal radi don't include nuclear.

Yes: Nuclear Medicine includes tests such as PET and other scans that can assess tumors & evaluate the function of various organs. It also includes giving radioisotopes by mouth or vein for the treatment of certain cancers (most commonly thyroid, lymphoma and bone mets) and hyperthyroidism. This is different than brachytherapy done by Radiation Oncologists in which radioactive seeds are put in a tumor ...Read more

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Could radiation therapy cause osteonecrosis of the hips?

Could radiation therapy cause osteonecrosis of the hips?

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 more

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What are the chances cranial radiation therapy (8 days medium-high dosage) could cause permanent mental damage and learning disabilities?

Remote: Radiation therapy is widely used for treating brain cancers. More than 90% of the people have no serious sequelae. There is some small chance of late effects but only after full dose radiotherapy given over 3-4 weeks of daily treatments. So you should be fine. ...Read more

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Is radiation therapy painful?

Is radiation therapy painful?

No: Radiation is an x-ray which is invisible and painless. It's side effects depending on where and what organs are being treated could lead to discomfort or pain. ...Read more

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What is radiation therapy useful for?

What is radiation therapy useful for?

To cure some: Cancers (vocal cord, cervix, prostate etc), preserve organs and their functions (sarcoma, h&n, breast, rectums), partner with other treatments to improve risk or prevent recurrence (lymphoma, lung cancer, prophylactic cranial irradiation in small cell). And relieve symptoms to palliate metastasis. ...Read more

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What is the cost of radiation therapy?

What is the cost of radiation therapy?

Tech + Pro: The equipment and those that run it and plan your treatment and deliver it daily are covered as a medicare technical charge. The doctor the perscibes and monitors is a second aspect. Together technical and professional charges. Each have cpt - codes for charges. The tech charge pays salaries and depreciation costs for equipment. Doc fees for their expertise. ...Read more

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