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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
29 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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How should I take care of blisters after radiation therapy?

How should I take care of blisters after radiation therapy?

Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine): Check with your radiation doctor first. I usually give prescription for silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) since its inexpensive. However there are other preparations. Clean the skin gently with dove or dial soap and water using only your hand. Do not scrub with anything even a wash cloth. Then apply the silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) twice a day and no other tape or gauze. When washing each day you do not have get all the silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) off.

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Dr. Reza Shirazi Dr. Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
16 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Is there a reason I can't take antioxidants while I'm getting radiation therapy?

Is there a reason I can't take antioxidants while I'm getting radiation therapy?

Yes: Radiation takes advantage of free radicals formed in the field of radiation to cause dna damage targeted at cancer cells. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers, so they can potentially reduce the effectiveness of radiation treatments. It is best to avoid mega doses of antioxidants in the diet during and up to 6 weeks after radiation treatments.

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Dr. David Masiello Dr. Masiello
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
14 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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How long does it take for hair to grow back after radiation therapy?

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.

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Dr. Lawrence Hochman Dr. Hochman
Radiation Oncology
27 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How long does it take to start growing hair back after radiation therapy?

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.

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Dr. Michael Thompson Dr. Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
16 years in practice
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Devon Webster Dr. Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
18 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
29 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Kirpal Singh Dr. Singh
Surgery
20 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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What's considered high dosage of antioxidants during radiation therapy? Can I take barley grass which has 1000 iu of vitamin a

What's considered high dosage of antioxidants during radiation therapy? Can I take barley grass which has 1000 iu of vitamin a

Yes: 1000 units is not excessive as most multivitamins contain 5000 units. Antioxidants may help you tolerate radiation side effects. A nutritional purple ENT that is helpful is a medicinal mushroom blend such as matake-d.

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Dr. Laurie Harrell Dr. Harrell
Radiation Oncology
26 years in practice
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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Palpitations. Finished with radiation therapy at H&N 5 wks ago. I now suffer from frequent palpitations. Could it be because I am tired?

Unlikely: Fatigue is expected following radiation therapy. However, palpitations are not a usual side effect. You should see your regular doctor to discuss your symptoms.

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
29 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Can radiation therapy increase cell growth?

No and Yes: Radiation therapy slows or stops cell growth. The goal is of course to kill cancer cells and they don't grow and die. However if you look up the four r's of radiation biology. The last one is repoplulation in which during fractionated radiation cells increase growth to repopulate. Luckily we see this more often in the good cells but unfortunately in some cases resistant cancer cells.

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Dr. Reza Shirazi Dr. Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
16 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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.

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Dr. Ayman Jabr Dr. Jabr
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
University of Health Sciences Antigua
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Dr. Reza Shirazi Dr. Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
16 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Can patients getting radiation therapy still exercise?

Can patients getting radiation therapy still exercise?

Yes: Listen to your body. Cardiovascular exercise specially encouraged. Your energy may run out quicker than it did. Stay hydrated and get rest as needed. Avoid chlorinated pool swimming and hut tubs that can dry up skin in women that are getting their breast radiated.

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
29 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Is it normal for my head to swell after radiation therapy?

No: However if your head is noticeably swollen in your face and neck, the doctor needs to evaluate you for superior vena cava syndrome in which the cancer in the chest obstructed the flow out of the neck and head. This can happen even when getting radiation to the chest for lung cancer despite being the treatment for the syndrome as well. Another possibility would be developing venous thrombosis.

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
29 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Is it possible for doctors to accidentally overdose someone on radiation therapy?

Is it possible for doctors to accidentally overdose someone on radiation therapy?

Yes: Radiation has a prescription and dose that is variable depending on the cancer and stage. It certainly can be given wrong or errors made. However having side effects or complications does not automatically mean there was an overdosage. That's because many parts of the body are sensitive to radiation even at appropriate doses. Therefore side effects are treated all the time.

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
29 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Does radiation therapy cause dental problems?

Yes: Only radiation given directly through and to the teeth can cause this damage. Or radiation to salivary glands that dry the mouth cause teeth to decay as well. Otherwise radiation not in these area does not cause teeth problems.

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez Dr. Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
36 years in practice
University of Costa Rica Faculty of Medicine
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How will radiation therapy affect my sex life?

Unpredictable: Radiation has a hardening and drying effect over the skin of the treated area and my affect sweat glands and nerve endings causing lack of sensation or paresthesis (numbness, tingling). If radiation is placed inside the vagina will dry and harden the area. In short... Is unpredictable.

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar Dr. Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
29 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Can radiation therapy help reduce the pain of cancer?

Can radiation therapy help reduce the pain of cancer?

Absolutely: Palliative radiation means alleviating symptoms. One of these symptoms is pain. It can be very effective and there a number of techniques and types of radiation.

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi Dr. Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
43 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Does radiation therapy weaken people's immune systems?

Does radiation therapy weaken people's immune systems?

Yes, but wait..: There is truth that radiotherapy alters immmunity. In the olden days, reactivation of quiescent tuberculosis occured. We note that after radiotherapy, the lymphocyte white cell population disappears or at least is markedly diminished for some time. Surprisingly, it does not lead to definable illness, and the lymphocyte poulation returns. Explains transient psoriasis benefits/changes.

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