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Effect Radiation Therapy
How do you treat severe dry mouth, cracked lips, and a white tongue as a side effect of radiation therapy? How long will these symptoms last?
Xerostomia:: The effect of incidental irradiation to the parotid (salivary) glands. It may be permanent. You need to visit and speak with your radiation oncology team that provided your treatment. There are some simple things that can ameliorate, and there were some options to use during treatment..No sense going there. Your follow up should check tumor control as well as these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Your question is: Impossibly broad. Radiation effects normal tissue function passaged by entry and exit beams, but these vary with the disease treated, region of the body, dose/treatment, total dose, area/volume treated. If the organ is not in the treatment field, it will not be affected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Scrambled dna: A simplification: radiation sticks the stands of your dna together like stands of cold spaghetti. The dna still works, but when the cell trois to grow into two cells it can no longer pull the dna stands apart, so that each cell gets a copy. As a result, even though the cancer cells still function, they can no longer grow, and they eventually die. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Radiation therapy: External radiation therapy is the use of x-rays to treat cancer. Why use radiation for cancer? Radiation has been used for cancer treatment since the late 1800s. It's use depends on cancer location, type, and stage. Unlike chemotherapy, it is a local treatment that only effects the area treated. ...Read more
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Radiation therapy: Is the use of x-rays to treat cancer. Radiation works by damaging the dna of dividing cells. Since cancer is uncontrolled cell growth, radiation is more effective on cancer cells than normal cells. Radiation has been used for cancer treatment since the late 1800s. It's use depends on cancer location, type, and stage. Unlike chemotherapy, it is a local treatment that only effects the area treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
0-7 weeks.: The most common method for treating breast cancer is external beam rt ("outside-in") given over 7 weeks; this can be accelerated over 4 weeks in some settings. Brachytherapy is an option for some patients, where the rt is given from the "inside-out" over 5 days. A handful of centers are now offering intraoperative rt, popularized in europe, where the rt is given over minutes during lumpectomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No and Yes: Radiation therapy slows or stops cell growth. The goal is of course to kill cancer cells and they don't grow and die. However if you look up the four r's of radiation biology. The last one is repoplulation in which during fractionated radiation cells increase growth to repopulate. Luckily we see this more often in the good cells but unfortunately in some cases resistant cancer cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: It depends on what cancer or ailment. Where and how much radiation is given dictates how risky it is. Radiation oncologists have the knowledge of consenting the patient and giving all the risks and complications so the patient makes an informed decision. Everyday many patients are taking radiation treatments and the risks are considered low and reasonable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What ever part: Of the body being radiated needs to be exposed. Most clinics provide a gown and a place to stroe your street clothes. The radiation could penetrate through the clothing, but the skin gets a higher dose, and the therapist need to know where to set up the treatment fields. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers