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What is the best treatment for esophageal pain from lung cancer radiation therapy?

What is the best treatment for esophageal pain from lung cancer radiation therapy?

Radiation Esophagtis: You can use antacids to control the acid washing up from the stomach as well as meds such as nexium (esomeprazole).I also have a liquid mix that will topically numb the surface temporarily. Taking pain medicine on a regular basis say every 4 to 6 hours will help a lot. And last but not least a break from treatment is sometimes the best of all options. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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What is the best treatment for esophageal problems from lung cancer radiation therapy?

What is the best treatment for esophageal problems from lung cancer radiation therapy?

Several different.: Radiation can cause inflammation and irritation of the esophagus which can lead to secondary fungal infections. Long term it is possible the esophagus will develop scar and feelings of food getting stuck. Remedies include liquid medicine for inflammation and fungal infection. For strictures endoscopy with dilation. And of course pain medicine is always helpful. ...Read more

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Are there ever radiation oncology clinical trials for lung cancer?

Are there ever radiation oncology clinical trials for lung cancer?

You bet!: Our tax dollars support the rtog which is a goup devoted to studying radiotherapy questions. Other us "cooperative groups" also have components and sometimes specific radiotherapy questions. Punch in 1800-4cancer on the phone to see what's out there. They may even have a website now for the general public! ...Read more

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What are some of the breast cancer radiation side effects?

What are some of the breast cancer radiation side effects?

Briefly: During & wks after radiation: inflam symptoms of the breast & poss chest wall (soreness, dryness, sometimes peeling under breast or armpit area). Be diligent w/ skin care. Clean & dry @ b4 treatment. Subjective differences in skin care product recs. Long term: thickened skin, slight retraction of breast, scar in lung. Benefits>>risks. Try to eat small freq meals, stay hydrated, exercise as possib. ...Read more

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What kinds of bad side effects can be from cancer radiation?

What kinds of bad side effects can be from cancer radiation?

Depends: Will try to be general as body location, type of radiation, reason for treatment, etc play a sig role in answering your q. Short term: inflammation with resultant symptoms based upon organs/tissues treated or receiving dose, fatigue, etc long term: scar tissue, cancer risk, etc as one faces most treatments: try to eat small freq meals, stay hydrated, exercise. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of chemotherapy for lung cancer?

What are the side effects of chemotherapy for lung cancer?

Talk to your doctor: There are specific side effects for each medication. Different regimens are used, your doctor can talk to you in detail about the planned treatment and the potential side effects. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lung cancer? And what is the process of getting rid of it or is it curable? Can you live with one lung?

What are the side effects of lung cancer? And what is the process of getting rid of it or is it curable? Can you live with one lung?

Multiple: Lung cancer effects can either be local, due to the location of the cancer, or distant, due to metastasis or spread. Once diagnosed, treatment is focused on removal or chemotherapy and /or radiation if not removable. Cure is generally based on the stage of the cancer at presentation. You can live with one lung quite well. ...Read more

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My father have fluid in his lungs but he has stop taking medication. What are the side effects of not taking medication. Can it lead to lung cancer?

My father have fluid in his lungs but he has stop taking medication.
What are the side effects of not taking medication.
Can it lead to lung cancer?

Lung fluid worsening: Your father needs to go see his doctor to discuss why he stopped the medication- was he having side effects, too costly? Whatever the case, his doctor may be able to offer him an alternative so the fluid in his lungs does not get worse to the point where he has difficulty breathing. If the cause of the fluid has not yet been determined, he should also discuss diagnostic tests with his doctor. ...Read more

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With zero estrogen after surgical menopause, and no HRT how can I protect myself against the potenial side effects such as altzeimers, lung cancer et?

Exercise: The best defense against chronic diseases (including cancer) is living a healthful lifestyle (i.e. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, exercise, stress reduction, don't smoke, avoid toxins and carcinogens.). ...Read more

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Side effects from cancer radiation?

Side effects from cancer radiation?

Depends: This depends on the site of your body being treated, and the dose of radiation being administered. It also depends on whether chemotherapy is also being used. Your radiation oncologist should be able to answer your question. ...Read more

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How much does chemo really extend life expectancy in metastatic lung cancer? The side effects are greatly diminishing my mom's quality of life.

How much does chemo really extend life expectancy in metastatic lung cancer? The side effects are greatly diminishing  my mom's quality of life.

Oncologist: I am very sorry that your mom is terribly ill. I hope she can recover from the side effects and have a better quality of life soon. The prognosis for stage IV lung cancer is poor. However, several factors are involved on a particular patient response to a given chemotherapy agent. Your oncologist can tell you the numbers for the protocol she is on. Work on her nutritionandenjoy your times together. ...Read more

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How long does the nausea side effect from radiation treatment for lung cancer last?   how do you tell if nausea is caused by radiation or tarceva (erlotinib)?

How long does the nausea side effect from radiation treatment for lung cancer last?   how do you tell if nausea is caused by radiation or tarceva (erlotinib)?

Not from radiation: Most lung cancer treated with radiation does not cause nausea unless the fields are large and on the left bottom part of the lung overlaps the stomach. Chemo is systemic and more likely the cause of the nausea. Lung cancer can easily go to the brain and the presenting sign can be nausea so make sure a brain scan was negative. ...Read more

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Lumpectomy and radiation last year. Was small amt of cancer in node. Now small shadow on upper right lung CT but radiation on left side. Lung cancer?

Lumpectomy and radiation last year. Was small amt of cancer in node.  Now small shadow on upper right lung CT but radiation on left side.  Lung cancer?

Difficult to say: small shadow can be many different things. In the absence of old studies this could have been there for years. Old study is crucial before jumping to conclusions. Old granulomas from old infections can present the same way. It is best to err on the side of caution and have a follow up study to see if it changes before jumping to conclusions. ...Read more

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When is it normal to have surgery for lung cancer followed y radiation but no chemo?

When is it normal to have surgery for lung cancer followed y radiation but no chemo?

Positive margin: If a patient had early stage cancer that surgery would be the definitive treatment, but after pathology comes back showing a positive margin then radiation would be used without chemotherapy. However more adverse findings such as nodes would mean chemotherapy is necessary. ...Read more

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Is radiation therapy for lung cancer painful?

Is radiation therapy for lung cancer painful?

Possibly: Radiation is painless during the treatments. If the esophagus is in the treatment fields it can cause a painful condition called esophagitis about 3 weeks into the treatment. This is worse when a patient also takes chemotherapy. There are medicines that help this discomfort and when treatment is done it should resolve. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy cure lung cancer by itself?

Can radiation therapy cure lung cancer by itself?

Yes: In small cancers with no spread standard radiation and radiosurgery can cure lung cancer....But the standard of care is surgery. In more advanced cancer radiation can cure but is more effective with chemotherapy. I am referring to nonsmall cell types of lung cancer. ...Read more

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What can radiation therapy do for stage 3b lung cancer?

What can radiation therapy do for stage 3b lung cancer?

A lot: This stage is not resectable. If a patient has a good performance status chemo and radiation is use in hopes of curing the disease. Even if the cancer is not cured and progresses the idea is to slow it down. The patient may also have pain, bleeding or cough and these symptoms will improve because of treatment. ...Read more

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What kind of radiation therapy is best for lung cancer?

What kind of radiation therapy is best for lung cancer?

Depends on the stage: For early cancers (stage 1) cyberknife or sbrt using a short course of high dose radiation has results similar to surgery. For stage 2-3 cancers the preferred way is to use imrt where side effects can be reduced by targeting less of normal lung areas. For advanced cancers, the idea is to improve symptoms such as pain and standard external radiation is used. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation therapy for treating lung cancer?

How effective is radiation therapy for treating lung cancer?

Depends: Radiation is one method of treating lung cancer, and is effective if the lesion is small, and peripherally located. Once the lesion is treated, a scar will remain. This needs to be followed, since complete clearance can only be determined by surgical resection. ...Read more

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Does radiation therapy for lung cancer improve survival rates?

Does radiation therapy for lung cancer improve survival rates?

Yes: It improves survival significantly in stage 1-3 lung cancers. Cyberknife provides survival similar to surgery in stage 1 patients. For stage 2-3 patients, both chemo and radiation may be used to improve survival. In certain patients with stage 4 cancer (such as with spread to the brain) radiation may help improve survival. ...Read more

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Lung cancer stage 4 with radiation treatment. Does this work?

To relieve symptoms: Stage IV means that the cancer has spread to distant organ beyond the lung. Unfortunately, it is incurable disease, although it is treatable.The role of radiation in a stage IV disease is limited to relieve symptoms eg- to treat painful metastatic disease to the bone, or to shrink the tumor when the cancer encasing vital organ- like major blood vessels/main airway. Chemo is the mainstay therapy. ...Read more

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Are there different types of radiation therapy for lung cancer?

Are there different types of radiation therapy for lung cancer?

Yes: There is standard anterior posterior high energy beams. There is intensity modulated radiation. There is stereotactic radiosurgery. There can be intrabronchial brachytherapy. The radiation oncologist will decide which one is best for each patient. ...Read more

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Is it unusual for a lung cancer patient to have surgery with no radiation?

No: Ideally we woul like to do surgery on lung cancer which means the cancer was resectable. In these cases the disease will be early stage and not require further therapy. ...Read more

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Why would someone with lung cancer only have one month of radiation therapy?

Intent of treatment: Intent of treatment and dose fractionation. Intent of treatment is palliative or curative. Dose fractionation means how big of a dose over what period is given. For example in cyberknife steriotactic body radiotherapy we can deliver radiation over 3-4 days to cure early stage lung cancer. With smaller dose/ fraction it takes about 7weeks of radiation to cure. 2-4 weeks of radiation for palliation. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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