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How Long Does Radiation From Cancer Treatment Stay In You Body
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
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
How long does it take after treatment for breast cancer to metastasize to other parts of the body?
It varies a lot: Most breast cancers are successfully treated and cured with modern treatments. There is of course some risk of relapse or recurrence of cancer. The recurrences mostly occur during the first 2-3 years after primary treatment but can take up to 5 or even 10 years to come back as metastases. So you need to have check ups and follow ups with your doctors for rest of your life...At least for 10 years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need detail: There are dozens of types of chemo. All with differing side effects and mechanism and duration relative to elimination. ...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
Up to a lifetime: Cancers result from accumulation of mutations over years. You may have read about there being all kinds of little lesions, some premalignant, in the thyroids of folks exposed the Japanese nuclear reactor accident within a few weeks after the event. The truth is that everybody has these in their thyroids -- only exposed folks got scanned though. Post-Chernobyl real cancers took years / decades. ...Read more
Lung cancer has spread not to the brain but the bones actually, how long to live or what's the survival rate if i go through chemo?
Depends on a number : Of factors. Discuss with your team of docs (orthopod, oncologist, pcp & any other specialitist that you may need). Chemo/radiation are generally best options, with some surgical procedure to stabilize a broken or a bone that is weakened (but not yet broken). The idea is to improve the quality of life for as long as possible. Survival is dependent on cancer type and its response to the meds.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
GONE instantly: Xrays are very powerful electromagnetic waves that go right though the body in an instant. When the xray machine is off, so is the radiation. What you may be alluding to is the fact that xrays produce tissue/dna damage that can accumulate and cause cancer. It is recommended that we all should limit life-time xray exposure (especially ct scans). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask your doctor: What you are asking about, specifically bio lung insertion, is not common medical practice. This must be part of an investigational research. Extensive disclosure is common in these situations. If you are having difficulties communicating with your doctor, a research coordinator should be available to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: You start acquiring the mutations that produce cancer when your life starts. Cells that a pathologist can tell are "precancerous" signal "time for treatment". Cases in which the mildest of dysplasias of the cervix have turned to invasive cancer in less than a year are well known. Others simply disappear, or never progress. Be glad for early detection -- and congratulations on a likely cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How much hair will i lose due to my radiation treatment? Does it depend on the patient, or does it depend on what type of caner therapy patients go through?
Hair : Hair will only be lost where the actual radiation beam is directed (for example on the head if treating the brain, in the axilla if treating some breast cancers). This is temporary and the hair grows back, although at times it grows back thinner. This is unlike chemo, where one can lose hair over their entire body -. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No "accumulation": Diverticuli are little pockets of the colon that are prone to rupture, causing inflammation at the site of perforation, called diverticulitis. This will usually close off without surgical rx, often requiring antibiotics, either "by mouth" or intravenously, depending on the severity of the episode. The length of therapy varies with the severity of the episode, from days to weeks. ...Read more
It can vary.: This depends on the kind of cancer you have. In some, like prostate cancer, or lung cancer, it can be a bad sign, with long term survival highly unlikely. But others, like some sarcomas, can have a high long term suvival, or even a cure (some soft tissue sarcomas). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Following hormone treatment for prostate cancer all clear .how long do the hormones stay in your body ?
Depending ...: Glad to hear getting favorable response to hormonal manipulation for prostate cancer. The duration of its level may widely vary reflecting the pharmacological formulation for drug release in the body, personal hepatic function, etc. How long may its clinical effect last? It is also widely vary reflecting the coping ability of cancer, health, etc. may hold. More? Ask urologist or medical oncology. ...Read more
The long term - cancer etc. But how does smoking effect how you feel in the present, or doesn't it at all?
Feeling high: Smoking makes you feel good at present because of the nicotine that is a stimulant to our body/brain but the hundreds of carcer-causing chemicals in that smoke that you inhale spread all over your body predisposing your organs and tissues to develop full blown cancer in the future. ...Read more
How does breast cancer treatment affect work? How long will i be off of work for breast cancer treatment?
Highly variable: I agree with dr. Wilson. There are many treatments for breast cancer ranging from minor surgery and hormone pills, to more extensive surgery with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. You would need to discuss your specific situation with your oncologist who would have much more information for you. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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