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Is it possible for anal cancer to recur even after radiation therapy?

Is it possible for anal cancer to recur even after radiation therapy?

Yes: Anal cancer is treated with radiation and combined chemotherapy for stage 1 to3. Even the best stage cure is 90 percent not 100 percent. So patients are watched and if they recur locally they are salvaged by surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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After radiation therapy for anal cancer, I am having ED problems. Is there any therapies that can be done for ed. Viagra (sildenafil) ect do not help.?

After radiation therapy for anal cancer, I am having ED problems. Is there any therapies that can be done for ed. Viagra (sildenafil) ect do not help.?

Options: There are many treatments available for erectile dysfunction. Oral medications (called pde-5 inhibitors) are first line therapy. If those fail (and some men respond to different oral meds so trying others is not a bad idea), the next line of therapies include vacuum erection devices, urethral suppository, injection therapy. Lastly, implantation of penile prosthesis is recommended for some men. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to have anal sex after having radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

Is it dangerous to have anal sex after having radiation therapy for prostate cancer?

No: The rectum is somewhat irritated during and shortly after radiation, so use of lubrication and common sense is recommended. If it hearts and is too irritated avoid till symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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What happens if you miss a daily radiation treattment for anal cancer?

What happens if you miss a daily radiation treattment for anal cancer?

Not much!: This should really not be a problem. It happens quite frequently. ...Read more

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My poop come out like ribbons what can be done about it. it happen when i had readiation for my anal cancer few years ago?

See Surgeon or GI: This could be related to the radiation you received which can cause a stricture in the anus. This can be treated with dilation but needs to be evaluated by a surgeon or GI doc. You also need to be checked for other causes such as a recurrence of the cancer. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for anal cancer?

What is the treatment for anal cancer?

Chemo and radiation: First - anal cancer is different from rectal cancer - this answer is for anal cancer. Most anal cancers are treated with chemotherapy and radiation. This works in most cases. Surgery is reserved for those patients who do not respond to chemo/rad (unusual) and for recurrences. ...Read more

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How does staging affect the treatment of anal cancer?

How does staging affect the treatment of anal cancer?

Selection and target: Anal cancers usually are local or regional problems (nodes), but sometimes present with evidence of distal spread. I know of no cures if spread, but many with regional (inguinal) nodes. Special targeting and avoidance of healthy bowel can be improved with very fancy treatment plans (imrt). When treatment works (most of the time), its great, when it doesn't outcome is not so good. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options for recurrent anal cancer?

What are the treatment options for recurrent anal cancer?

Multiple...: Various combinations of chemotherapy; surgical options including resection(removal) and the list goes on. Please speak with your physician to navigate your way through this complex diagnosis! ...Read more

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Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Yes: No matter what treatment, cancer of the breast does not have 100 % results. So with lumpectomy and radiation cancer can still recurr. This is why patients need to follow with all their doctors for exams and x-rays. If there is a recurrence other options exist such as mastectomy. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy mutate one form of cancer into a more aggressive form?

Can radiation therapy mutate one form of cancer into a more aggressive form?

Yes: In the way you asked the question it can. It depends on the dose. Low dose exposures can allow cells to survive and this could happen. In the treatment with radiation the cancer is treated to levels that are designed to kill the cells and therefore mutation to more aggression is not likely. There are many resistance cancers however and it is more likely the cancer is already aggressive. ...Read more

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Could radiation therapy help me live my last few months with less cancer pain?

Could radiation therapy help me live my last few months with less cancer pain?

Yes: Many cancer patients that can not be cured may have pain or other symptoms. These problems can be helped by palliative radiation which is shorter and quicker. ...Read more

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Do radiation therapy increase cancer cell growth of other undetected types of cancer?

Do radiation therapy increase cancer cell growth of other undetected types of cancer?

Low doses of: Diagnostic radiation (like mammograms, chest x-rays) may be exceedingly rare causes. We know that XRT for hodgkin's in young woemn led to excessive risk of breast and lung cancer, and we now use it more sparingly and to lower volume and doses if at all. Even low doses for children to prevent brain relapse in leukemia has been linked to excess brain tumors. But second tumors do not occur in all. ...Read more

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Is there a point at which radiation therapy for cancer doesn't help enough to make the side effects worth it?

Is there a point at which radiation therapy for cancer doesn't help enough to make the side effects worth it?

Yes.: You don't always know if a treatment is going to work on a patient. If the cancer is too advanced and there is little hope of helping the patient the doctor needs to tell a patient and their family so they can consider hospice or comfort measures. Many times radiation actually is a comfort measure and given so their is no side effect but relief of the symptoms. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy cure oral cancer?

Can radiation therapy cure oral cancer?

Yes: There are defined areas such as floor of the mouth, tongue, gums, retromolar trigone, palate, etc. Combinations of radiation, surgery and chemotherapy are used. Earlier stages have high probability of cure, more extensive stages (even those to lymph nodes) can be cured with combinations of radiation and chemotherapy but to a lesser percentage of probability. ...Read more

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What is the most mordern cancer radiation therapy?

What is the most mordern cancer radiation therapy?

Modern radiation: The first patient was treated with radiation in 1890s.So as you can see its been around a long time.The machines have delivered radiation in a similar energy form since the 1950s(linear accelerator).Proton therapy has been around since the 1960s.The radiation itself has not changed.It is really the planning computers and the diagnostic xray machines that have changed the delivery in the last 30yrs. ...Read more

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Can healthy people get radiation therapy to prevent cancer?

No: We can not take unnecessary radiation as it has it's risk and would give no benefit. However we all get very very low amounts of radiation from the earth and atmosphere. This keeps our bodies repair systems for any damage radiation causes functional. However if we never got any radiation that is what would be best. Radiation therapy is only needed for cancer and other benign conditions. ...Read more

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What is the difference between radiography and radiation therapy for cancer?

What is the difference between radiography and radiation therapy for cancer?

Diagnose vs treat: Radiography means using x-ray beams to create an image that helps diagnose diseases including cancer. Chest x-rays and ct scans are common examples. Radiation therapy uses much higher powered radiation beams that are focused on cancer tumors. These radiation beams are designed to kill the cancer cells. ...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

Dr. David Stein
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Anal Cancer (Definition)

The anal canal lesion is squamous in origin. The dentate line marks the upper junction between squamous and mucosal epithelium in the anal canal. ... Tumours near the anal margin spread to the inguinal lymph nodes; those higher in the anal canal spread to the pelvis The Anal Cancer Trial (ACT-1) demonstrated the superiority of using chemoradiation with 5-FU ...Read more


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