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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 more
How do doctors stop the radiation therapy from bouncing around inside your body and hitting other organs?
They account for it: Scatter radiation can and does occur, it can be as high as 10-15% of the delivered dose. That scatter must be accounted for in the planning and is mapped in a device called the dose-volume histogram. ...Read more
I was wondering what are the procedures of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and how long does the procedure takes to clean the body from the cancer cells?
It depends: Radiation therapy (rt) is used to treat specific spots of cancer, while chemotherapy is used to treat the whole body. Rt is similar to getting an x-ray, but for 15+ minutes repeated every day, for weeks to months. Chemotherapy is an IV medicine given daily, weekly, or every few weeks, over several months. Details depend on the type of cancer being treated. ...Read more
A co-worker says he gets radiation therapy and it dissolves some of his bones and makes him smell like he's been drinking. Lie?
Makes no sense: My experience shows that the only thing that makes someone smell like alcohol...is alcohol. Alcohol containing hand sanitizers can smell like alcohol temporarily, but almost all the time if some one smells like they've been drinking, they have. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
No: The only setting where total body radiation is used is in the context of preparing a patient for a bone marrow transplant. Radiation is really a local treatment that is most commonly used to treat a particular mass or region but not so much the whole body. ...Read more
My grand mother age is 60 suffering from uterine cancer. Will her body be able to tolerate the side effects of radiation therapy?
Yes: When radiation is delivered to the pelvis it has to be focused on the organ or region to receive the radiation otherwise other structures than uterus can be effected. A good center uses imrt which can focus the beam to virtually hit the target with little radiation spill over. ...Read more
Does drinking more water support the removal of necrotic brain tissue? I'm receiving radiation therapy to treat a brain tumor. A nurse recommended drinking lots of water to help my body remove necrotic tissue. I've been checking for information on the web
Hydration is good: This keeps your kidneys flushing out toxins and metabolites. ...Read more
In 3rd week of pelvic radiation therapy. 3 days ago my body started itching, still itching but little to no rash. Mostly my arms and legs are itchy.?
Probably not related: Pelvic radiation will cause pelvic symptoms. Itchy arms and legs may well be related to a new medicine you are taking. Symptoms outside the radiated area are unlikely to be caused by radiation. ...Read more
Hello, my mum lost her sense of smell due to chemo/radiation for triple neg breast cancer, will it ever come back? Its been almost a year since she has finished chemo and 9 months since she finished radiation therapy. She is 54 years old. Thank you
If it is going to come back, we will know in the next 6-12 months. Nerves heal slowly, and when they heal, it can take a long time. Since this was a problem for a long time, it may not come back at this point. It is worth being patient.
Are we certain it is due to the treatments? Sometimes a person may lose their sense of smell for other reasons. ...Read more
Can I exercise while i’m having radiation therapy? I exercise almost every day, and I don’t feel right when I don’t. Now i’m about to start radiation therapy. Will I still be able to exercise?
Yes: Generally, we recommend maintaining activity during radiation therapy. Fatigue is a common complaint with radiation, active patients tend to do better. Most other symptoms with radiation therapy tend to be related to the area of the body treated. Side effects and overall recommendations would depend on region treated and if chemotherapy is required. Consult with your radiation oncologist. ...Read more
Shields are built in: Radiation therapy machines have the shields built in to them. These shape the radiation to fit the area of the body that needs to be treated and protects the rest. Additionally, it takes many inches if lead to block the radiation used for external beam treatment and a person cannot wear a shield thick enough to block the beam. ...Read more
To cure some: 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. ...Read more
Tech + Pro: 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. ...Read more
Radiation therapy: Is the use of x-rays to treat cancer. Radiation works by damaging the dna of dividing cells. Since cancer is uncontrolled cell growth, radiation is more effective on cancer cells than normal cells. Radiation has been used for cancer treatment since the late 1800s. It's use depends on cancer location, type, and stage. Unlike chemotherapy, it is a local treatment that only effects the area treated. ...Read more
Your question is: Impossibly broad. Radiation effects normal tissue function passaged by entry and exit beams, but these vary with the disease treated, region of the body, dose/treatment, total dose, area/volume treated. If the organ is not in the treatment field, it will not be affected. ...Read more
0-7 weeks.: The most common method for treating breast cancer is external beam rt ("outside-in") given over 7 weeks; this can be accelerated over 4 weeks in some settings. Brachytherapy is an option for some patients, where the rt is given from the "inside-out" over 5 days. A handful of centers are now offering intraoperative rt, popularized in europe, where the rt is given over minutes during lumpectomy. ...Read more
No and Yes: Radiation therapy slows or stops cell growth. The goal is of course to kill cancer cells and they don't grow and die. However if you look up the four r's of radiation biology. The last one is repoplulation in which during fractionated radiation cells increase growth to repopulate. Luckily we see this more often in the good cells but unfortunately in some cases resistant cancer cells. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what cancer or ailment. Where and how much radiation is given dictates how risky it is. Radiation oncologists have the knowledge of consenting the patient and giving all the risks and complications so the patient makes an informed decision. Everyday many patients are taking radiation treatments and the risks are considered low and reasonable. ...Read more
What ever part: Of the body being radiated needs to be exposed. Most clinics provide a gown and a place to stroe your street clothes. The radiation could penetrate through the clothing, but the skin gets a higher dose, and the therapist need to know where to set up the treatment fields. ...Read more
Rads, Gray (Gy): The gray (symbol: gy) is the si unit of absorbed radiation dose of ionizing radiation (for example, x-rays), and is defined as the absorption of one joule of ionizing radiation by one kilogram of matter (usually human tissue). 1 rad = 0.01 gy. ...Read more
A few minutes: 10-15 minutes on the machine, half of which is used to set the patient accurately in position. Radiation is given over a couple of minutes. ...Read more
Scrambled dna: A simplification: radiation sticks the stands of your dna together like stands of cold spaghetti. The dna still works, but when the cell trois to grow into two cells it can no longer pull the dna stands apart, so that each cell gets a copy. As a result, even though the cancer cells still function, they can no longer grow, and they eventually die. ...Read more
A few minutes: Typical radiation takes a couple of minutes. A few minutes is spent for setup before each treatment for accurate targeting. Radiosurgery is typically longer and can take about an hour or a bit longer at times. ...Read more
Its treatment for Ca:
It is one form of treatment for Cancer.
Your doctor will explain it before they do the treatment. ..simply ask that you want your questions answered.
Typically it involves a machine (like an X-ray machine) which would be used to deliver rays from the machine over to your body. You can not see or feel these rays. They do not hurt...the whole treatment last a few minutes. Nothing to be scared about. ...Read more
Not always: This depends on if you can see or feel the cancer physically or your doctor sees the tumor on setup x-rays. In these cases you could see the tumor shrinking and as such it is working. In many cases we are treating cancer that are too small to see even on x-rays and the therapy is based in studies that have shown radiation will work. Over time you are examined and xrayed to verify how it worked. ...Read more
Quite short: Radiation is usually delivered by a machine and can be done in a matter of minutes. But there is sometime involved in positioning etc, but over all it is a short treatment time, yet the logistics of travel, registration paper work etc can consume an hour or so of your time easily. ...Read more