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Does radiation therapy change your body odor?

Does radiation therapy change your body odor?

Radiation does not: Radiation does not change one's body odor. Body odor is influenced by a variety of factors, (eg, diet, lifestyle, gender, genetics, health and medication). Radiation has never been shown to directly alter one's body odor. However, these factors above can be indirectly altered as a result of radiation's side effects (i.e. Change in oral flora due to mucositis, change in diet due to diarrhea, etc.). ...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


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How do doctors stop the radiation therapy from bouncing around inside your body and hitting other organs?

How do doctors stop the radiation therapy from bouncing around inside your body and hitting other organs?

They account for it: Scatter radiation can and does occur, it can be as high as 10-15% of the delivered dose. That scatter must be accounted for in the planning and is mapped in a device called the dose-volume histogram. ...Read more

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Should I change my diet or lifestyle because of radiation therapy?

Should I change my diet or lifestyle because of radiation therapy?

Depends on cancer: Other than stopping smoking if you have lung or breast cancer, there are no diet or lifestyle changes that will affect your radiation therapy. However if you make lifestyle changes when you have been treated for cancer, then your longterm survival of that cancer is likely to be improved. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the procedures of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and how long does the procedure takes to clean the body from the cancer cells?

I was wondering what are the procedures of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and how long does the procedure takes to clean the body from the cancer cells?

It depends: Radiation therapy (rt) is used to treat specific spots of cancer, while chemotherapy is used to treat the whole body. Rt is similar to getting an x-ray, but for 15+ minutes repeated every day, for weeks to months. Chemotherapy is an IV medicine given daily, weekly, or every few weeks, over several months. Details depend on the type of cancer being treated. ...Read more

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A co-worker says he gets radiation therapy and it dissolves some of his bones and makes him smell like he's been drinking. Lie?

A co-worker says he gets radiation therapy and it dissolves some of his bones and makes him smell like he's been drinking. Lie?

Makes no sense: My experience shows that the only thing that makes someone smell like alcohol...is alcohol. Alcohol containing hand sanitizers can smell like alcohol temporarily, but almost all the time if some one smells like they've been drinking, they have. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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How will radiation therapy for a brain tumor change my facial skin?

How will radiation therapy for a brain tumor change my facial skin?

Not much: Radiation effects the organs in its field including skin of the scalp(dryness) and hair (hair loss). It should not effect the skin of the face unless it is near the brain radiation field. ...Read more

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Can doctors use radiation therapy on the whole body to kill small cancer metastases?

No: The only setting where total body radiation is used is in the context of preparing a patient for a bone marrow transplant. Radiation is really a local treatment that is most commonly used to treat a particular mass or region but not so much the whole body. ...Read more

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My grand mother age is 60 suffering from uterine cancer. Will her body be able to tolerate the side effects of radiation therapy?

See below: Depending on the stage of the uterine cancer the best treatment options may be surgical and/or radiation. Depending on her underlying health quality of life and functional status has Rose ability to conduct her I ADLs and ADLs a radiation course may improve the holiday rely for the long-term these are difficult questions to answer and the team conference with a tumor board may be in order. ...Read more

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In 3rd week of pelvic radiation therapy. 3 days ago my body started itching, still itching but little to no rash. Mostly my arms and legs are itchy. ?

In 3rd week of pelvic radiation therapy. 3 days ago my body started itching, still itching but little to no rash. Mostly my arms and legs are itchy. ?

Probably not related: Pelvic radiation will cause pelvic symptoms. Itchy arms and legs may well be related to a new medicine you are taking. Symptoms outside the radiated area are unlikely to be caused by radiation. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Body Odor (Definition)

Body odor is a symptom in which a person has a strong, undesirable odor usually coming from the mixture of sweat, bodily oils, bodily chemicals, and skin bacteria in the warmer, moist parts of the body. Babies and young children should have little or no body odor ...Read more


Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Radiation Therapy (Definition)

Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment with the potential to have harmful side effects on a ...Read more