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How Long Does Each Session Of Radiation Therapy Last
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
We have a cancer patient taking radiation therapy, should my 3 years old son has contact with him? is there certain time we should wait after session?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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