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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. ...Read more

Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Radiation Therapy (Definition)

Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment with the potential to have harmful side effects on a ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How would you prepare yourself before undergoing radiation therapy?

Fluid: Have plenty of fluid and anti nausea and vomiting agent and maybe take Motrin before radiation. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy cause nausea?

Can radiation therapy cause nausea?

Yes: Since radiation affects both normal and cancerous cells, if your GI tract or brain are in the path of the radiation beam, there is a good chance that nausea will develop. We have excellent drugs to prevent chemotherapy or radiation therapy induced nausea, however. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy cause cancer?

Can radiation therapy cause cancer?

Secondary Cancer: Radiation does cause cancer, but is also used to treat cancer in radiation oncology. The best data for this is from children treated with radiation and followed closely for many years. The data can be murky with other causes of cancer. However, in general, the risk of secondary malignancy is much less than 1% can take up to 20 years to develop. The benefit of radiation far outweighs this risk. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is radiation therapy only used for treating cancer?

No: There are other conditions and types of radiation that physicians treat. Example radioactive iodine for hyperthyroid patient. Keloid scars are prevented with radiation. Benign growths in various location are treated with radiation. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How are chemotherapy and radiation therapy different?

How are chemotherapy and radiation therapy different?

X-rays versus drugs: Radiation is a beam of energy that comes from aimable machines through the air. Chemotherapy is drugs given into veins or by oral pills. So one goes through air and the other in the blood. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What kind of cancers can be cured by radiation therapy?

What kind of cancers can be cured by radiation therapy?

Some early stage: There are multiple, but here are just some examples of cancers that are sometimes cured by radiation alone: early stage prostate cancer, early stage head and neck cancer, early stage gastric malt lymphoma. ...Read more

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Is radiation therapy a branch of a radiologic tech degree?

Advanced degree: A radiation therapy technician must complete approved training program and take a certification examination. You can find out more information at

https://www. Arrt. Org/Certification/Radiation-Therapy ...Read more

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Could radiation therapy for my prostate be making me incontinent?

Could radiation therapy for my prostate be making me incontinent?

It is possible: This is unusual to occur as radiation may cause impotence but incontinence is not as common. I have seen it occur with brachytherapy (seeds) more often than in external beam. However patients were on the elderly side, over 75. More commonly the patient has a concurrent infection during or after radiation that when treated the incontinence resolves. Also if you have a TURP afterwards its likely. ...Read more

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Is there any way to reverse the side effects of radiation therapy?

Is there any way to reverse the side effects of radiation therapy?

Depends: The most common side effect is fatigue. This will generally resolve on its' own over weeks to months after treatment. Exercise can help to speed up that recovery. Skin inflammation (radiation dermatitis) is also quite common, and also resolves on its' own. Using a natural anti-inflammatory skin cream (i.e. Calendula) can help. There are many possible side effects, so discuss these with your docs. ...Read more

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Does prior radiation therapy cause IgG and lamba spike in bloodwork.

XRT for what?: An igg with lambda spike is a cardinal sign of multiple myeloma. See your doctor for this. ...Read more

Dr. Philip Miller
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Blistering (Definition)

A blister is a collection of fluid under the epidermis. A blistering rash is one in which ...Read more