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Side effects from cancer radiation?

Side effects from cancer radiation?

Depends: This depends on the site of your body being treated, and the dose of radiation being administered. It also depends on whether chemotherapy is also being used. Your radiation oncologist should be able to answer your question. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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What are worst side effects of cancer radiation and surgery?

What are worst side effects of cancer radiation and surgery?

Need More Info: The side effects of both surgery and radiation therapy are dependent on the specific type of cancer that is being treated. ...Read more

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What kinds of bad side effects can be from cancer radiation?

What kinds of bad side effects can be from cancer radiation?

Depends: Will try to be general as body location, type of radiation, reason for treatment, etc play a sig role in answering your q. Short term: inflammation with resultant symptoms based upon organs/tissues treated or receiving dose, fatigue, etc long term: scar tissue, cancer risk, etc as one faces most treatments: try to eat small freq meals, stay hydrated, exercise. ...Read more

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What are worst breast cancer radiation effects?

What are worst breast cancer radiation effects?

FIBROSIS: Radiation pneumonitis with fibrosis is the most serious. Also radiation esophagitis and scarring of the skin. Most resolve to some degree with time and steroids. ...Read more

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What are some of the breast cancer radiation side effects?

What are some of the breast cancer radiation side effects?

Briefly: During & wks after radiation: inflam symptoms of the breast & poss chest wall (soreness, dryness, sometimes peeling under breast or armpit area). Be diligent w/ skin care. Clean & dry @ b4 treatment. Subjective differences in skin care product recs. Long term: thickened skin, slight retraction of breast, scar in lung. Benefits>>risks. Try to eat small freq meals, stay hydrated, exercise as possib. ...Read more

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How many kinds of cancer radiation therapies are there?

How many kinds of cancer radiation therapies are there?

Depends: There are two main types, external beam and internal radiation through "seeds". Thyroid cancer can be treated with radioactive iodine given IV. Radioactive seeds are sometimes implanted to treat prostate cancer. Radioactive devices may be put in the vagina to treat cervical cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the process of cancer radiation treatment?

Rad treatment steps: 1. Evaluation by radiation oncologist to determine if radiation is an option 2. If so, need to do a planning session to determine the area to treat. Known as simulation. May involve imaging like ct 3. Radiation oncologist works with physics staff to get a good plan on computer 4. Plan then executed on the radiation treatment machine. ...Read more

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I need to know how much does cancer radiation treatments cost?

Cost of radiation: There is no set cost for radiation: it depends on the place you are being treated(some states have cheaper cost)and the site you are having treated.The planning used and the number of treatments will also play a factor.The range of cost can be from 3000 to 50, 000 dollars us.Ask your doctors financial/billing team to give you a estimate when you first go for consult. ...Read more

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What negative health consequences are associated with cancer radiation and/or cancer surgery?

What negative health consequences are associated with cancer radiation and/or cancer surgery?

Depends on type.: Cancer treatment is usually divided into local (the organ where the cancer started) and systemic (the rest of the body) therapy. Both surgery and radiation therapy are local rx's--their side effects are dependent on which organ is being treated. Which specific cancer type are you referring to? ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Radiation Oncology (Definition)

Radiation oncology is a field of study in which a person specializes in radiation therapy, a treatment in which the patient is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate his body to destroy cancer cells, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing. A doctor of this specialty ...Read more


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