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How can you regain appetite after radiation treatment?

How can you regain appetite after radiation treatment?

Patience, time: The effects of radiation therapy take time to resolve. Appetite is one that may take some time and may be slowed in recovery by other continuing medical problems and medicines. The cancer that caused the need for radiation may also cause loss of appetite as can depression and other medical illnesses. ...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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What are the best foods to eat during radiation therapy? I have very little appetite since starting radiation therapy and even when I am hungry, most foods make me feel nauseated. Are there any foods i can eat without feeling sick?

What are the best foods to eat during radiation therapy? I have very little appetite since starting radiation therapy and even when I am hungry, most foods make me feel nauseated. Are there any foods i can eat without feeling sick?

Nausea and radiation: Radiation therapy is a local treatment with side effects related to the area treated. Nausea and loss of appetite are generalized symptoms. Nausea is uncommon with radiation except when the stomach is within the radiation field. Chemotherapuetic agents can cause nausea. Dehydration may also cause nausea.There are some guidelines regarding diet depending on site of radiation. Consult your rad onc. ...Read more

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When after radiation treatments to the throat does it normally take to regain your voice?

When after radiation treatments to the throat does it normally take to regain your voice?

Months: It depends how much radiation was delivered to some extent, but this is often fairly standard dosing. You should expect hoarseness for 4-6 months in many cases and could be longer. Make sure you keep well hydrated to thin the mucus in your throat and larynx. Keep the humidity high in the home and bedroom. Give it time to heal. ...Read more

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Why should you avoid vitamins c and e when on radiation treatment?

Why should you avoid vitamins c and e when on radiation treatment?

Antioxidants yes!: However, a weight on the orac scale, vitamin c & e are quite low. Of note is the fact that certain spices, ie. Cinnimon, on weight basis or far more potent. So is pomegrante juice, red wine, grape, and cranberry juices. These are irrefutable laboratory studies, replicated many times! ...Read more

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Why do I have to avoid vitamins c and e when on radiation treatment?

Why do I have to avoid vitamins c and e when on radiation treatment?

Probably safe: It's probably safe to take vitamins c and e while undergoing radiation. Radiation therapy damages cells by creating free radicals called reactive oxygen species. These vitamins are antioxidants, which help cells repair damage exactly this type of damage. There's just no way to know that taking these vitamins would help protect only normal cells vs normal and cancer cells. ...Read more

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Can I eat before radiation treatment?

Can I eat before radiation treatment?

Yes: Yes. You may eat or drink before treatments. In certain cases like treating pancrease (pancrelipase) we may want to keep stomach empty, and you will be instructed to do so if your doctor thinks you benefit from it. ...Read more

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Can you get radiation treatment twice in a day?

Yes: In some circumstances delivering radiation therapy more than once a day may be used to shorten the course of treatment or modify the side-effects of treatment. ...Read more

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How long will each daily radiation treatment take?

How long will each daily radiation treatment take?

About 15 min: Generally, it takes about 5 minutes to position a patient for a treatment. The actual treatment itself may take another 1 or 2 minutes. In most cases, the overall treatment time will last about 15 minutes. The time is much longer for radiosurgery. ...Read more

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How long would radiation stay in the house after treatment?

Probably doesn't : If you are talking about external beam radiation therapy, it's never even in your house. It's gone the second that the machine is turned off. If you are talking about a radiation implant, in which radioactive sources are placed within the body (most commonly prostate) then there are some precautions to take. The duration of these depends on the isotope used, usually palladium or iodine. ...Read more

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What are some items I could put in a care basket for somone undergoing radiation treatment?

What are some items I could put in a care basket for somone undergoing radiation treatment?

Show you care: Your care basket shows that you are thinking of your friend or loved one, so include anything that you think will help them feel better. They may also appreciate a good quality skin lotion for any drying or irritation of the skin secondary to external beam radiation treatments. ...Read more

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Can a baby get accidentally irradiated from an adult person that just came home from radiation treatment?

Can a baby get accidentally irradiated from an adult person that just came home from radiation treatment?

Depends: If the adult received any type of external beam irradiation (imrt, protons, cyberknife, etc.), then no. If the adult was given a radiopharmaceutical such as radioactive iodine or a temporary internal radiation implant, yes. See: http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/radiation/radiationtherapyprinciples/radiation-therapy-principles-safety-for-patient-and-family. ...Read more

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Could there be a difference between radiation treatment and chemo?

Could there be a difference between radiation treatment and chemo?

Yes: Radiation therapy is the focused use of high energy x-rays that only work where we aim them at and have the ability to destroy tumor cells. Treatment is like getting an x-ray. Chemotherapy is medical therapy that is taken either by mouth or through an IV and goes throughout your whole body's bloodstream and affects all organs. It tracks down microscopic cancer cells in blood to kill them. ...Read more

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What is the best diet we have to take while doing treatment of khemotherapy and radiation?

What is the best diet we have to take while doing treatment of khemotherapy and radiation?

Organic: As much as possible you want a high nutrient whole foods, preferably organic (pesticide-free) as tolerated. A good cookbook, for everyone in the family, is one bite at a time, by rebecca katz. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation in cancer treatment?

How effective is radiation in cancer treatment?

It depends: Radiation therapy effect depends on the type of cancer, and the desired outcome. Sometimes radiation is used to help cure cancers. Other times it is used to palliate (or decrease) symptoms of an otherwise incurable cancer. ...Read more

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What's the fastest treatment for chronic radiation colitis?

What's the fastest treatment for chronic radiation colitis?

Fastest or best?: Once present there are not any perfect treatments. Oral steroids may help for severe flares but long term success is limited. Removing the colon is the only true cure of colitis. Other than that treatment of symptoms is all that can be done. ...Read more

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Can babies be around patients who have had radiation treatment?

Can babies be around patients who have had radiation treatment?

Usually yes: It depends on the type of radiation treatment. Radiation that is directed at the body from a machine is gone as soon as the machine is turned off. You do not remain "radioactive". Radiation that is put into the body through an iv, an oral liquid, or implanted pellets or seeds stays with the patient, and the patient should avoid babies for a period of time. Ask your doctor or nurse. ...Read more

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Is radiation a safe treatment for prostrate cancer?

Is radiation a safe treatment for prostrate cancer?

Yes: Radiation is very successful and can have the same survival as other options. It has risks of bladder, rectum, erection issues. But it's considered safe as risk of life threatening effects are very low. Options are prostate seeds or external beam radiation. ...Read more

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Treatment suggestions for incontinence after prostatectomy and radiation.

See below: Depends on how long ago your surgery & radiation was. Also type: stress incontinence w/ normal voiding in b/w or total incontinence. Treatments include pelvic floor exercises, supportive care (avoid coffee, alcohol, spices), medications to increase bladder capacity & decrease frequency, neuromuscular electric stimulation, artificial sphincter, sling surgery. Best to discuss w/ urologist. ...Read more

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Is radiation treatment always necessary for breast cancer?

Is radiation treatment always necessary for breast cancer?

Radiation&breastCA: Every pt has the choice of mastectomy or breast conserving treatment. Some time after mastectomy radiation is added if we are worried the ca might have a high risk of coming back. Breast conserving tx is a minimal surgery followed by radiation. This allows the pt to keep their breast and hasa the same recurrence rate as a mastectomy. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for proctitis radiation?

FIrst: Prevention. Appropriate targets and dose limits; 2nd: anusol-hc suppositories for tenesmus, mucoid discharge. If blood, endoscopy and coagulation of bleeding vessels. These events usually occur after radiotherapy, adn bleeding i said to peak at 3 years post xrt. In theliterature and my practice, this is not common. Bleeding about 3-5 events in 100. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation treatment of prostate?

Talk to a specialist: Radiation therapy is an effective form of prostate cancer treatment. No head to head trials with other forms of therapy, including surgery, have yet been performed, but it is one of several options for treatment. Ultimately, cure depends on disease biology: the grade and stage of the cancer. And there are different forms of radiation treatment, usually requiring hormonal therapy in combination. ...Read more

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Is holding babies safe when on radiation treatment?

Is holding babies safe when on radiation treatment?

Unless there: Is implanted radiotherapy, that remains with you when you finish a daily treatment, there is no hazard. Implanted 125-i seeds in prostate cancer brings radiation home in tiny exposire, but we suggest no baby on the lap. Breast brachy, xoft or mammosite variations, cx/pros hdr leave all the radiation where you get it. You carry none home to anyone. ...Read more

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