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Is it normal for my head to swell after radiation therapy?

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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Gamma Rays (Definition)

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


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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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What are the goals of nutrition during radiation therapy for the head and neck ?

What are the goals of nutrition during radiation therapy for the head and neck ?

Diet with radiation: Because radiation therapy to head and neck often has a profound effect on the ability to ear, loss of appetite, nausea and subsequent weight loss, the patient must be treated to prevent mal-nutrition. Often a stomach tube is inserted so a nutritious diet can be given during the radiation therapy period. ...Read more

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Do people typically loose their head hair when treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or both. How long is hair loss for?

Do people typically loose their head hair when treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or both. How long is hair loss for?

Chemotherapy: Yes. However, you have previously stated that your tumor was not cancerous. Why would you need this kind of treatment. Chemo and XRT target cells with high replication and turnover such as malignant cells as well as hair. Once treatment is discontinued and body has recovered, there is regrowth of the hair but may be reduced in density and quality. ...Read more

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On my mri of head and neck, it was noted that i ve empty Sella, what are the causes of it, i ve only had Ct scans but no injury, or radiation therapy?

On my mri of head and neck, it was noted that i ve empty Sella, what are the causes of it, i ve only had Ct scans but no injury, or radiation therapy?

GiddyYap,Clyde!!!!!!: Quote:"Empty sella syndrome is where the pituitary gland shrinks or becomes flattened, creating a void in the boney sella turcica("Turkish Saddle")wherein it resides at the base of the brain. ESS can be found in the radiological workup of pituitary disorders,or as an incidental finding." So, it all depends on why they took the MRI, what symptoms you have.I'm sure your doc will discuss it with you ...Read more

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My mother has completed head IMRT radiation therapy 3 weeks before. Since last 2 weeks she is not able to swallow even any fluids and water because if severe soar throat and dry mouth. Could you please give any medications for this problem.

Call her doc!: Going through treatment for cancer can be pretty tough. It requires a team effort to make sure any problems due to the treatment are treated or controlled as best as possible, so treatment can continue. Please call the radiation oncologist today, or her PCP so help can be given. Don't be shy, good communication by the patient and family and docs is key to achieving the best results. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a mastectomy and radiation therapy afterwards, rather than the other way around?

Is it normal to have a mastectomy and radiation therapy afterwards, rather than the other way around?

This can be normal: If a patient has mastectomy and the lesion was large or had many nodes involved this is followed by chemo then radiation. If the patient had a lumpectomy then radiation they would not need mastectomy. However if later on it recurs one can still have a mastectomy. This does not happen often. ...Read more

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My feet and ankles swell periodically. I/m very concerned about this. Please help. I recently completed radiation therapy due to rhabdomyosarcoma.

My feet and ankles swell periodically.  I/m very concerned about this.  Please help.  I recently completed radiation therapy due to rhabdomyosarcoma.

See details: That suggests fluid retention or edema. Discuss this with your doctor. Often it is easy to treat if treatment is necessary. You do not mention the location of the sarcoma so surgery and radiation therapy may be playing a role. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...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