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Radiation From Mammogram
Low, but depends: The overall risk of lung damage resulting in breathing problems is less than 1-2%, but depends on the size of the radiation field, whether nodes are being treated, the technique (2d, 3d, or imrt), use of chemo during radiation (unusual), and issues with the patient (history of interstitial lung disease , etc). Ask your doctor what techniques they will use to reduce the amount of lung treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more
Yes: Mammograms have been fine tuned to expose the breast to very little radiation. But no matter there is a small percent risk of causing cancer that is less than the risk of not catching a breast cancer that is not radiation caused early if you did not do mammograms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Damaging genes: Inhaling or ingesting the radioactive particles that come from the explosing is also risky -- in fact, after chernobyl, most of the problems are thyroid concerns from the iodine. People in hiroshima and nagasaki had a significant rise especially in rates of leukemia, civilians exposed to tests had less cancers long-term than many had feared. ...Read more
Would metastatic cervical cancer in the breast appear the same as breast cancer on mammogram and ultrasound?
Possibly on imaging: Cervical cancer (the tissue at the end of the vaginal canal) rarely metastasizes to the breast. Rather breast cancer may metastasize to many areas of body, such as bone, lung, brain, lymph nodes. That being said, any abnormal growth in the breast, though mostly breast tissue, could look similarly by mammogram or ultrasound. The bottom line is if there is an abnormality, must be biopsied. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Side effect: Sounds like a radiation side effect. See your doctor for a complete history and exam. Good luck ...Read more
DCIS, left breast, biopsy itself removed high grade cancer cells, lumpectomy path 100% cancer free. Radiation necessary? What about proton therapy?
What is radiation risk to brain from a panoramic or full-mouth series dental xray? Am concerned abt radiation exposure bcuz mom died of brain cancer.
Very Minimal Risk: I am sorry to hear about your mom and understand your concern. While no one can ever say that clinical x-ray exposure is 100% risk free, the risk is extremely minimal. You get more x-ray radiation exposure flying in a plane from New York to California, or from spending the day at the beach, then you do from a panorex or full-mouth series of x-rays. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Takes time: The discoloration is normal after radiation for breast cancer. The radiation is similar to getting a suntan over time. It can take months for the discoloration to resolve. Check with your radiation doctors, they oftern have recommendations for protecting the skin. Congrats on being a survivor! ...Read more
68y,left breast IDC in 2011,received Chemo+Radio+lumpectomy.Now,Angiosarchoma in same breast,had mastectomy.All margins are clear.Need Chemo or Radio?
Cancer treatment: Only you and your Drs can make the best decision as to what is the best treatment for you. Discuss with your team and ask for second opinion as well. ...Read more
Possibly: I'm not sure exactly what you are referring to by radiation prostatitis but if you are referring to increased urinary urgency and frequency then yes this is a possible acute side effect of radiation treatment to the prostate. This can be managed easily with some medications that can be given to you by your radiation oncologist. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
DCIS calcifications ,biopsy itself removed all bad cells, lumpectomy pathology that followed 100% cancer free, radiation to aggressive?44 yr old.
Depends: Two important other pieces of information are what the "grade" of the DCIS was which implies how aggressive it might be, and how much normal tissue was between the edge of what was removed and the DCIS. Both of these are taken into consideration when evaluating the role of radiation therapy for DCIS. Talk to your oncologist, your surgeon, and your radiation oncologist for more details. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Side effects include: Acute effects include erythema hyperpigmentation of skin, moist desquamation of skin long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer include: radiation fibrosis of lung lymphedema of the affected side upper extremity myocardial injury hypothyroidism brachial plexus injury risk of second neoplasm (radiation induced malignancy). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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