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Are ascites a side effect of radiation therapy?

Are ascites a side effect of radiation therapy?

I have no: Clue what was irradiated, how long ago and for what purpose, but ascites is not even on my list as a possible adverse effect of radiotherapy. I'd first need to know what he cancer was...Many cause ascites. ...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


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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?

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 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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What is the goal of radiation therapy?

Cure or Palliation: Depending on the extent of disease involvement and type of tumor being treated, the goal is either curitive or palliative. ...Read more

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What are the problems of radiation therapy?

What are the problems of radiation therapy?

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 more

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Please help me? What happens in radiation therapy?

Please help me? What happens in radiation therapy?

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 more

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Need a simple explaination for this. What is radiation therapy?

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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Is radiation therapy only used for treating cancer?

No: There are other conditions and types of radiation that physicians treat. Example radioactive iodine for hyperthyroid patient. Keloid scars are prevented with radiation. Benign growths in various location are treated with radiation. ...Read more

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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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What is radiation therapy?

What is radiation therapy?

Kill cancer by Rads: Use of high energy x-ray typically (protons, gamma rays etc to name a few other) to cause irreparable damage to a target tumor to destroy the tumor while causing minimal damage to surrounding organs and tissues. ...Read more

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Will someone explain radiation therapy?

Will someone explain radiation therapy?

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 more

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How many weeks does radiation therapy last?

How many weeks does radiation therapy last?

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 more

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Can radiation therapy increase cell growth?

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 more

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Is the radiation therapy a risky thing to do?

Is the radiation therapy a risky thing to do?

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 more

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What do you wear while having radiation therapy?

What do you wear while having radiation therapy?

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 more

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How is the strength of radiation therapy measured?

Rads, Gray (Gy): The gray (symbol: gy) is the si unit of absorbed radiation dose of ionizing radiation (for example, x-rays), and is defined as the absorption of one joule of ionizing radiation by one kilogram of matter (usually human tissue). 1 rad = 0.01 gy. ...Read more

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How long is the average radiation therapy session?

A few minutes: 10-15 minutes on the machine, half of which is used to set the patient accurately in position. Radiation is given over a couple of minutes. ...Read more

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How long does each session of radiation therapy last?

A few minutes: Typical radiation takes a couple of minutes. A few minutes is spent for setup before each treatment for accurate targeting. Radiosurgery is typically longer and can take about an hour or a bit longer at times. ...Read more

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How will we know if the radiation therapy is working?

Depends on cancer: The success rates for radiation therapy vary depending on the type and size of the cancer. ...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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Is there a way to tell if my radiation therapy is working?

Is there a way to tell if my radiation therapy is working?

Not always: This depends on if you can see or feel the cancer physically or your doctor sees the tumor on setup x-rays. In these cases you could see the tumor shrinking and as such it is working. In many cases we are treating cancer that are too small to see even on x-rays and the therapy is based in studies that have shown radiation will work. Over time you are examined and xrayed to verify how it worked. ...Read more

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Please explain how long does radiation therapy session last?

Quite short: Radiation is usually delivered by a machine and can be done in a matter of minutes. But there is sometime involved in positioning etc, but over all it is a short treatment time, yet the logistics of travel, registration paper work etc can consume an hour or so of your time easily. ...Read more

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What should I avoid doing during radiation therapy treatment?

What should I avoid doing during radiation therapy treatment?

Smoking/ Vit E: Mega dose of antioxidants, vitamin e, excess sun exposure to the treatment area, usually excessive alcohol or tobacco (the more oxygen around, the more effective the radiation). ...Read more

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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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How should you prepare oneself before undergoing radiation therapy?

Good nutrition: Depending on the site being treated there are several side effects. Most common to all sites are fatigue and appetite loss. I recommend a good diet and some light exercise to help combat fatigue and appetite loss. ...Read more

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Does age make it more difficult for a person to tolerate radiation therapy?

Does age make it more difficult for a person to tolerate radiation therapy?

Not necessarily: Radiation tolerance has more to do with what is being radiated and the levels of radiation. Also everyone has a different genetic composition that dictates how they tolerate treatment. So a young patient may have a terrible time while the old patient has no problems. ...Read more

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