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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Radiation Oncology (Definition)

Radiation oncology is a field of study in which a person specializes in radiation therapy, a treatment in which the patient is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate his body to destroy cancer cells, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing. A doctor of this specialty ...Read more


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What is the difference between radiation therapy and radiation oncology?

What is the difference between radiation therapy and radiation oncology?

It is the same.: Years ago they called the doctors radiation therapist, then they changed that to radiation oncologist and the therapist was for the technician who delivers the treatment. The names are for use of radiation medically to treat disorders. Mostly cancer but other disorders as well. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between radiation and chemotherapy?

Is there a difference between radiation and chemotherapy?

Yes: Radiation delivers treatment to where the beam is delivered. So if you radiate the arm, the arm is all that is treated. Chemotherapy goes wherever blood goes. Hope this helps. ...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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What's the difference between a radiation oncologist and a radiation therapist?

What's the difference between a radiation oncologist and a radiation therapist?

MD vs. non-MD: Radiation oncologists are MDs with special training in radiation therapy. Radiation therapists assist radiation oncologist in administering radiation therapy. ...Read more

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As a career not a patient what's the difference between radiation onclogy and radiation therapy?

As a career not a patient what's the difference between radiation onclogy and radiation therapy?

Sort of the same : Radiation oncology is a medical specialty. The radiation oncologist is a physician who administers radiation therapy in conjunction with other professionals (rad techs, dosimetrists, physicists, nurses, etc). ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between radiation oncology and radiation therapy?

Need advice on what is the the difference between radiation oncology and radiation therapy?

Radiation Medicine: Radiation therapy (xrt), is the term for medical use of ionizing radiation radiation oncology is the science for the use of radiation for cancer treatment to control or kill malignant cells. Therapeutic radiology is the more encompassing term that describes the use of radiation for therapeutic purposes both benign and cancer treatment. All 3 terms are often used interchangeably. ...Read more

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Could there be a difference between radiation treatment and chemo?

Yes: Radiation therapy is the focused use of high energy x-rays that only work where we aim them at and have the ability to destroy tumor cells. Treatment is like getting an x-ray. Chemotherapy is medical therapy that is taken either by mouth or through an IV and goes throughout your whole body's bloodstream and affects all organs. It tracks down microscopic cancer cells in blood to kill them. ...Read more

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What is the difference between radiation therapy and nuclear medicine?

What is the difference between radiation therapy and nuclear medicine?

Nuc Med injects dyes: In nuclear medicine, we inject radioactive "dyes" to image or treat patients. In radiation oncology, x-rays are generated outside the patient and irradiate tumors (usually) that are in the body. They treat different diseases. ...Read more

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What is the difference between nuclear medicine and radiation oncology?

What is the difference between nuclear medicine and radiation oncology?

Specialties: Nuclear medicine and radiation oncology or radiation therapy are not the same, but there is some overlap. Nuclear medicine typically includes some imaging like bone scans and pet scans as well as maybe some therapy with unsealed sources. Radiation oncology can also include unsealed sources (that's the overlap) as well as external beam rt and brachythearpy but no imaging. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist?

What are the differences between a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist?

Thus:: A medical oncologist uses medications of different sorts (chemo, hormones, etc.) whereas a radiation oncologist uses different forms of radiation (beams, implants, etc.). They work together with surgeons, nurses, and therapists of different kinds. Cancer treatment is a group effort. Best to you. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between radiation exposure and cancer?

What is the relationship between radiation exposure and cancer?

Unclear question: Radiation is one of the causes of cancer. It may act synergistically with other carcinogens, e. G. Tobacco. There may be a delay of years or decades between radiation exposure and cancer. Many cancers, including lung, bone, leukemias, brain, skin can result from radiation exposure. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for lung cancer besides radiation, chemotherapy or surgery?

Is there a treatment for lung cancer besides radiation, chemotherapy or surgery?

NO: Those are the 3 mainstays of any cancer therapy. 99.9 % of naturopathic or holistic are a waste of time and money ...Read more

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What are the differences between radiography, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine?

What are the differences between radiography, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine?

Different radiation: Radiography or x-ray involves low dose ionizing radiation with images of chest , skeleton, skull etc. Radiation therapy uses high dose ionizing to treat tumors with external or internal irradiation. Nuclear medicine involves low dose ionizing radiation in form of isotopes that are internally injected intravenously. Inhaled, injected subcutaneously, or ingested orally. ...Read more

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What amount does radiation therapy for a benign paraganglioma of the neck cost?

Depends: I am assuming you are asking about yourself or someone who also lives in the US, if you are in another country all bets are off (and I would not know). In the US it depends on your insurance - talk to them and they will tell you what YOUR expenses will be. If you are uninsured your doctor (or the business manager) can draft an estimate ...Read more

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How much radiation is there with a mri?

How much radiation is there with a mri?

Well: Ultrasound uses sonic enery and actually MRI uses radiowaves which are electromagnetic radiation. But in the colloquial use of radiation you mean xrays or ionizing radiation. And both u/s and MRI does not use ionizing radiation. ...Read more

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Is there anything new in the world of cancer treatment, other than radiation, chemo or surgery?

Is there anything new in the world of cancer treatment, other than radiation, chemo or surgery?

Targeted/Biologic: Other modalities of treatment: hormonal targeted biologic (antibodies, antiangiogenesis, anti-growth factors) many work best in combination with chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between cancer and tumor?

Is there a difference between cancer and tumor?

Yes: While cancers are characterized by tumors, not all tumors are cancerous. Tumor derives from the latin for a 'mass' (a 'lump' - not all of which can be felt of course). Tumors are a result of an abnormal growth of cells and can be benign, or essentially only grow in one place and cannot spread. Cancer is when a tumor becomes malignant, or is able to spread and invade other tissues. ...Read more

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Can you explain the main difference between treating cancer with radiation therapy and treating cancer with chemotherapy?

Radiation vs chemo: Radiation therapy is giving high-energy x-rays to tumors in a focal area of the body, causing dna damage in cancer cells. Chemotherapy is a medication commonly delivered intravenously or orally that then works throughout the body to kill cancer cells. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Cancer Radiation (Definition)

Cancer radiation is a treatment in which a person is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate his body to damage or destroy cancer cells, or prevent ...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