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How long does each session of radiation therapy last?

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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Please explain how long does radiation therapy session last?

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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How long is the average radiation therapy session?

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 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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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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How long does it take for hair to grow back after radiation therapy?

Not applicable: Generally radiation dose not cause hair loss, only during brain radiation. This is usually an issue with chemotherapy after chemotherapy it usually takes 3 weeks to notice hair growth, but several months to "regain" your hair. ...Read more

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How long does it take to start growing hair back after radiation therapy?

Weeks, Months: Some patients have hair regrowth in a few weeks to months. Others, depending on the area treated may never have hair regrowth. ...Read more

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How long will it take for hair to grow back after receiving radiation therapy on the head?

How long will it take for hair to grow back after receiving radiation therapy on the head?

Yes.: Radiation or chemotherapy drugs are toxic to cells that are rapidly dividing. This means they specifically target cancer cells, but they also kill healthy cells that grow quickly. This includes hair cells (causing baldness/alopecia) and stomach cells (causing nausea or mucositis). Once the chemo or radiation is stopped, the side effects go away and hair should grow back. ...Read more

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How long should you usually rest after chemo therapy before you go to a radiation therapy ?

How long should you usually rest after chemo therapy before you go to a radiation therapy ?

Sometimes: Both are used together. When sequencing, one waits for anticipated toxicity interval, usually 3 - 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Can my sweat glands no longer work due to radiation therapy?

Can my sweat glands no longer work due to radiation therapy?

XRT dose &: Whether the sweat producing glands are in the target of the beam could lead to permanent lack of sweating. It does not affect sweat production in any non-irradiated area. Unlike to happen with dose < 50 gy. ...Read more

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Could radiation therapy help me live my last few months with less cancer pain?

Could radiation therapy help me live my last few months with less cancer pain?

Yes: Many cancer patients that can not be cured may have pain or other symptoms. These problems can be helped by palliative radiation which is shorter and quicker. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy be done for hidradenitis suppurativa? How safe is it in the long run?

Radiation is harmful: Using Radiation for benign conditions is not advised or used any longer(It was used in the past when we did not know that radiation can cause cancer). The treatment for your medical condition is best done by an experienced doctor who has treated this condition before...most doctors have not had this experience. But it is treatable. ...Read more

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What are the long-term effects of radiation therapy on bone?

What are the long-term effects of radiation therapy on bone?

Supress marrow prod.: It can suppress bone marrow function as long as the bone was in the treated field. Extra care taken by radiation oncologist to avoid unneeded bone marrow in the treatment field specially if there is going to be chemotherapy in the treatment plan. Bone will also be less flexible, hence more brittle. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of radiation therapy on a bone?

What are the long term effects of radiation therapy on a bone?

Supress functions : Bone marrow has many important roles including production of blood cells responsible for immunity, in other blood products. Radiation can suppress normal bone marrow function. It can scar bone marrow. Bone can lose some of its flexibility / tensile strength, so it may fracture easier. Depending on the dose, radiation field, vascularity, there is an a rare but possible complication of necrosis. ...Read more

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What is the long term side effects of chemo and radiation therapy after total gastronomy?

Gastrectomy: Limits capacity and one will lose weight regardless of c or rt. Done properly, it is the acute effects, n&v/diarrhea. For expansive volumes, there may be an issue with loose bowels, but 'dumping syndrome' need to be differentiated. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the procedures of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and how long does the procedure takes to clean the body from the cancer cells?

I was wondering what are the procedures of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and how long does the procedure takes to clean the body from the cancer cells?

It depends: Radiation therapy (rt) is used to treat specific spots of cancer, while chemotherapy is used to treat the whole body. Rt is similar to getting an x-ray, but for 15+ minutes repeated every day, for weeks to months. Chemotherapy is an IV medicine given daily, weekly, or every few weeks, over several months. Details depend on the type of cancer being treated. ...Read more

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How many radiation therapy sessions does prostate cancer usually take?

One or up to 45: External image guided radiation is the most costly at 40-45 sessions. Radiosurgery is 5 sessions, no long term results published costs 1/2 as much. One session of inserting radioactive seeds is literally just one time and costs 1/5. They all have the same effectiveness. It would be worth it to fly to a specialist who does seeds get a one session seed procedure versus taking 45 sessions. ...Read more

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