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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?

Oxygen radicals: A portion of the activity of radiation treatment (and also chemo) is due to the local production of free oxygen radicals which take part in the destruction of the cancer. Vitamins c and e have anti-oxidant capacities and their concurrent use is considered to have some effect of lowering the production of these oxygen free radicals and therefore making the treatment less effective. ...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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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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