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Could exposure to ionizing radiation progress pkd?

Could exposure to ionizing radiation progress pkd?

Pkd and ionizing rad: Data are not clear on this. For sure, select mutations on either chromosome 16 or chromosome 4 lead to PKD expression. Scientists have long thought that a single mutation that affects polycystin expression leads to cyst formations. Newer data show that second or third or fourth mutations on these chromosomes affect expression of pkd. So, it is conceivable that yes ionizing rad could affect pkd ...Read more

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Will walking through the radiation oncology department expose me to dangerous levels of radiation?

No: The rooms where the radiation accelerator is located is shielded and have thick concrete walls. The hallways and rooms where people walk or work will have no radiation exposure. ...Read more

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Can uv radiation from the sun be similiar to the radiation used in cancer treatment?

Can uv radiation from the sun be similiar to the radiation used in cancer treatment?

Different wavelength: Ultraviolet is of wavelength / energy only slightly greater than visible light. Cancer treatment radiation is far more energetic and higher wavelength. ...Read more

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Does beam radiation stay in body?

Does beam radiation stay in body?

No.: Once the radiation machine (called a linear accelerator) is turned off, there is no radiation in the body. You are not radioactive. ...Read more

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On what basis an oncologist decides whether a uterine cancer patient needs internal radiation therapy or external radiation therapy after a surgery?

On what basis an oncologist decides whether a uterine cancer patient needs internal radiation therapy or external radiation therapy after a surgery?

It is based on prior: Prior experience and scientific data guides our practice of Oncology. The treatment is based on stage of disease and it is standardized on the basis of published data and available evidence. ...Read more

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What is a radiation oncology physicist?

What is a radiation oncology physicist?

Team member: They are a scientist with a specialty in radiation physics who work with the radiation oncologist to plan the various radiation fields and doses required for treatment. This aids in reducing exposure of normal tissues to radiation and maximizes the dose to cancer tissues. They are an integral part of the health care team. It is a highly sought after position. ...Read more

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Does aluminum foil or a reflective plastic emergency blanket block radiation in case of a radiation leak or dirty bomb?

Does aluminum foil or a reflective plastic emergency blanket block radiation in case of a radiation leak or dirty bomb?

Survival: 3 questions answered: 1) Decent survival food should have similar nutrition as regular food, so insulin requirements should be similar. 2) Poop and pee can go into sealable plastic bags/drums for a while, but consider chemical toilets (porta-potty). 3) A large amount of radiation in the air will get you no matter what. Whole body decontamination suits will limit contact exposure. ...Read more

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What all does radiation therapy after breast-sparing surgery involve?

What all does radiation therapy after breast-sparing surgery involve?

Prevent recurrence: Thi is done to sterilize the breast from any stray cancer cells that may have remained after the resection. It is done to equalize recurrence rates after preserving the breast to those after mastectomy. ...Read more

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Would radiation damage my computer?

Yes: However the dose of radiation that would damage your computer would be a hazard to you. What are the circumstances in which you might be irradiating your computer? And why? ...Read more

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After radical prostatectomy followed by radiation therapy in 3 months. Can the cancer come back?

After radical prostatectomy followed by radiation therapy in 3 months. Can the cancer come back?

Possibly: The risk of this depends mainly on the pathologic findings (ie, stage and gleason grade) at surgery as well as preoperative psa. There are "nomograms" or calculators of this risk available to estimate such risk. Nomograms.Mskcc.Org/prostate/salvageradiationtherapy.Aspx is one which you might find useful. ...Read more

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After radical prostatectomy followed by radiation therapy in 3 months. Can the cancer comes back?

After radical prostatectomy followed by radiation therapy in 3 months. Can the cancer comes back?

It can: Risk of biological failure, when the psa blood test continues to increase or drops and then increases above what it originally was, is dependent on cells leaking outside of the prostate capsule. This risk is somewhat predictable based on original psa, t stage, and gleason score as well as how much tumor was in the prostate. Xrt after surgery tells me there was concern about leftover cells. ...Read more

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What type of radioactive beam does smart phones send out?

There is no: Appreciable radiation coming from a cell phone. Additionally each phone maker is different. The fcc may be able to better answer that question. ...Read more

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Will my radiation cystitis go away once i'm done with radiation therapy?

Will my radiation cystitis go away once i'm done with radiation therapy?

Yes: Radiation cystitis means irritation of bladder because of radiation. It is usually short lived and should resolve within a couple of weeks after radiation. The severity depends on the amount of radiation and the volume being radiated. ...Read more

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How does radioactivity and electromagnetic radiation induce cancer?

Does; doesn't: Radioactivity produces ionizing radiation that damages the genes. I would urge you to ignore "pop" / "scare" stories about electromagnetic fields causing cancer. They're based on anecdotes and retrospective questioning which generates junk findings. There's no obvious mechanism and the electricity of your beating heart is a stronger exposure than nearby power lines. ...Read more

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Long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer vs surgery?

Long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer vs surgery?

Mulltiple: 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 more

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