radiation therapy

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Dr. Reza Shirazi answered:

What is radiation therapy?

Kill cancer by Rads

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Use of high energy X-ray typically ( protons, gamma rays etc to name a few other) to cause irreparable damage to a target tumor to destroy the tumor while causing minimal damage to surrounding organs and tissues.
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Is radiation therapy painful?

No

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Radiation is an X-ray which is invisible and painless. It's side effects depending on where and what organs are being treated could lead to discomfort or pain.
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Can radiation therapy cause nausea?

Yes

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since radiation affects both normal and cancerous cells, if your GI tract or brain are in the path of the radiation beam, there is a good chance that nausea will develop. We have excellent drugs to prevent chemotherapy or radiation therapy induced nausea, however.
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Can radiation therapy cause cancer?

Secondary Cancer

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Radiation does cause cancer, but is also used to treat cancer in Radiation Oncology. The best data for this is from children treated with radiation and followed closely for many years. The data can be murky with other causes of cancer. However, in general, the risk of secondary malignancy is much less than 1% can take up to 20 years to develop. The benefit of radiation far outweighs this risk.
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Can radiation therapy cause colitis?

Yes

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This is inflammation of the bowel lining. This can be a result of radiation or chemotherapy. But this inflammation can also be infectious or autoimmune as well. If its radiation caused it has to be by radiation aimed at the bowel and can be treated with diet and drugs.
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Does radiation therapy melt my bones?

No

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Bones will not melt. There may be microscopic changes that may make the bone more susceptible to fracture that can heal normally. This risk is actually small.
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Can radiation therapy cause bleeding?

Yes

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Often radiation is used to stop bleeding, such as coughing up blood from a lung cancer, or bleeding from the vagina from a cervix or vaginal cancer. However if the skin in an area peels excessively or the linings of the oral or intestinal tract such as the rectum can bleed temporarily and often heal. However long term changes can lead to periodic bleeding from an area such as the rectum.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered:

What is radiation therapy useful for?

To cure some

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cancers (vocal cord, cervix,prostate etc), preserve organs and their functions (sarcoma, H&N, breast, rectums), partner with other treatments to improve risk or prevent recurrence (lymphoma,lung cancer, prophylactic cranial irradiation in small cell). And relieve symptoms to palliate metastasis.
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Can radiation therapy treat diabetes?

No

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Diabetes is caused when the pancreas does not produce any or enough insulin for the body to be able to store glucose. Radiation has no possible ability to cause the pancreas to make insulin.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered:

What is the cost of radiation therapy?

Tech + Pro

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The equipment and those that run it and plan your treatment and deliver it daily are covered as a Medicare technical charge. The doctor the perscibes and monitors is a second aspect. together technical and professional charges. Each have CPT - codes for charges. The tech charge pays salaries and depreciation costs for equipment. Doc fees for their expertise.
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