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Radiation Therapy Body Odor
Radiation does not: Radiation does not change one's body odor. Body odor is influenced by a variety of factors, (eg, diet, lifestyle, gender, genetics, health and medication). Radiation has never been shown to directly alter one's body odor. However, these factors above can be indirectly altered as a result of radiation's side effects (i.e. Change in oral flora due to mucositis, change in diet due to diarrhea, etc.). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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After undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, herceptin (trastuzumab) then hormonal treatment, how much more can my body tolerate?
Chemotherapy agents: Work by several different mechanisms. Some block cell cycle progression, for example by inhibiting dna synthesis or mitotic spindle function. Others damage dna (eg., by covalent modification or strand breaks) and activate checkpoint controls to prevent those errors from being propagated and instead causing apoptosis. Radiation works similarly. Some, but not all agents work best on dividing cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can anyone suggest alternative therapy for cancer in the t12 spine. Currently it's being treated external beam radio therapy ?
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
One or up to 45: External image guided radiation is the most costly at 40-45 sessions. Radiosurgery is 5 sessions, no long term results published costs 1/2 as much. One session of inserting radioactive seeds is literally just one time and costs 1/5. They all have the same effectiveness. It would be worth it to fly to a specialist who does seeds get a one session seed procedure versus taking 45 sessions. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Very complex issues!: There are tons of articles written on this subject. But basically they damage the dna of rapidly dividing cells which leads to cell death. Cancer cells are more sensitive to the dna damaging effects of chemo and radiotherapy in comparison to normal cells of our bodies. As a result more cancer cells die from such treatments than normal cells. ...Read more
Living by golf course exposes to the toxicity of the pesticides absorbed.The body must eliminate that, which lowers immunity = higher sickness. True?
Uncertain: There does not appear to be a connection between the immune system and golf courses. It would help us to know what kinds of pesticides your neighbor uses and how you are exposed to them. Then we can be better prepared to answer your question about potential effects. Hope that helps! ...Read more
I take care of many: Prostate cancer patients with radiotherapy, external beam and seed implants, and I have never used "activated charcoal" properly done, the risk of rectal bleeding at 2-5 years post treatment is <5% in my hands as i deliver treatment. Bleeding during radiotherapy is not commonly more than "worsened hemorrhoids". Do not understand rationale for charcoal, and do not use it. Talk to your doc; ask f. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mymumreceivedexternalradiation therapy and radiation iodine therapy for her thyroid papillary carcinoma.What are the sideeffects of these treatments?
Discuss with your MD: External radiation and radioiodine therapy for thyroid cancer are relatively safe but they have different possible side effects. Radiation therapy may affect nearby structures like nerves affecting vocal cords causing hoarseness. The effects of radioiodine therapy may be: neck tenderness and swellin, nausea and vomiting, swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands, dry mouth and taste changes. ...Read more
On what basis an oncologist decides whether a uterine cancer patient needs internal radiation therapy or external radiation therapy after a surgery?
Not effective: If you possess post-operative scarring with/without full blown arachnoiditis, this is a very challenging process to reverse, and irradiation not only will not help, but potentially could increase scarring. Avoid injections and surgery, contact pain management specialist. Also, you need to know that within a 5 year period of time, fusions may lead to arthritis above and below site. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No it doesnot: Oxygen therapies as unproven alternatives promoted as cures for cancer offered at clinics in mexico, the United States, and europe. Available scientific evidence does not support claims that oxygen therapies can cure cancer in humans. Visit: http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/pharmacologicalandbiologicaltreatment/oxygen-therapy. ...Read more
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