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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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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 do doctors stop the radiation therapy from bouncing around inside your body and hitting other organs?

How do doctors stop the radiation therapy from bouncing around inside your body and hitting other organs?

They account for it: Scatter radiation can and does occur, it can be as high as 10-15% of the delivered dose. That scatter must be accounted for in the planning and is mapped in a device called the dose-volume histogram. ...Read more

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Why would my doctor not recommend radiation therapy after a lumpectomy?

Low risk to recurr: There is a good chance the type of disease was dcis (ductal carcinoma in situ). This is a pre-invasive disease ( not cancer yet). Radiation can be avoided in the most favorable group of patients with dcis since chance of recurrence is very low. Typical conditions met are: 1) large clear margins of resection was obtained, 2) the disease is not too large (size) , 3)not too aggressive ( low-grade). ...Read more

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Can doctors use radiation therapy on the whole body to kill small cancer metastases?

No: The only setting where total body radiation is used is in the context of preparing a patient for a bone marrow transplant. Radiation is really a local treatment that is most commonly used to treat a particular mass or region but not so much the whole body. ...Read more

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Will someone explain radiation therapy?

Will someone explain radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy: Is the use of x-rays to treat cancer. Radiation works by damaging the dna of dividing cells. Since cancer is uncontrolled cell growth, radiation is more effective on cancer cells than normal cells. Radiation has been used for cancer treatment since the late 1800s. It's use depends on cancer location, type, and stage. Unlike chemotherapy, it is a local treatment that only effects the area treated. ...Read more

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Can children get sick by living with someone who is getting radiation therapy?

No: With regular radiation given by machines a patient does not come home with any radiation and everyone is perfectly safe. In certain cases a patient is given radioactive substances and there are risks to children and pregnant women. For these patients there will be time and distance rules given in a written format to the patient and the family. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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