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Radiation Therapy For Bone Cysts
Supress marrow prod.: It can suppress bone marrow function as long as the bone was in the treated field. Extra care taken by radiation oncologist to avoid unneeded bone marrow in the treatment field specially if there is going to be chemotherapy in the treatment plan. Bone will also be less flexible, hence more brittle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more
Supress functions : Bone marrow has many important roles including production of blood cells responsible for immunity, in other blood products. Radiation can suppress normal bone marrow function. It can scar bone marrow. Bone can lose some of its flexibility / tensile strength, so it may fracture easier. Depending on the dose, radiation field, vascularity, there is an a rare but possible complication of necrosis. ...Read more
Yes: Some people confuse bone cancer with when another type of cancer spreads to the bone (metastasis). Radiation can help the bone or the pain. As dr. Noga stated true bone cancer such as myeloma or plasmacytoma can also be treated with radiation. Other bone cancers, osteosarcoma or bone tumors may also have a role from radiation but surgery is usually the best for that type of bone cancers. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cea analysis was increased to 1500 before treatment of secondary bone cancer but after radiation therapy and 3 chemotherapy sessions dropped to 1000?
My dad was diagnosed with bone cancer.He suffered severe pain his last days.He just passed away right after a radiation therapy can this be the cause?
Not likely: Unfortunately for patients whose cancer has spread to the bone, the outlook as far as survival is usually not good. Radiation therapy for this is usually to relieve pain but the result may not be seen for a week or two and the pain relief is usually very good. My condolences on your loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Radiation is often used to alleviate many symptoms from cancer that has spread to organs and that includes liver and bone. Not every spot involved has to be treated only those causing some sort of problem. If the patient only has one small liver metastasis for example more aggressive treatment with radiosurgery can be considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MR- Cystic lesion in C2 verterbrae which maybe a bone cyst How to confirm this & any non surgery method? What are the least risk treatment available?
Observation: The least risky treatment is observation and expectant management. Vertebral cysts are not uncommon, and if they are not causing problems, observation is the least risky treatment alternative. At times they will spontaneously resolve. ...Read more
Are prothstetic hips safe, and are there any other options for a reacurring bone cyst of the hip? I broke my hip when i was ten, caused by a cyst. The treatment was a steroid flush and a cast. I broke it again when i was twelve when they found that it was
I : I am so sorry you have had to go through all of this. Yes, there are definitely safe prosthetic hips. Please see a board certified orthopedic surgeon in your area. Ask your doctor for a referral to be sure you have a highly-respected orthopedic surgeon. I can understand your concern. ...Read more
Right lateral ventricle frontal horn compressed,Anterior midline mildly shifted to left,C2 vertebrae bone cyst,right frontal lobe glioma,treatment?
See a surgeon.: It sounds like parts of your brain may be under pressure from the tumor. A good treatment for this is surgery to remove the mass. Speak to a surgeon for more details. ...Read more
I had my prostate taken out my psa rose now a i'm due to have radiation therapy what are they going to radiate i don't have a prostate?
To the bed of ...: Your condition is rising psa after definitive rx with radical prostate removal, which is relatively common in up to almost 1/3 after such surgery. The plan to radiate is termed as salvage radiation under assumption of local recurrence after updated imaging study shows no suspicion for metastasis. But no spread as reported in imaging studies doesn't mean absolutely no microscopic metastasis. ...Read more
Yes: Radiation takes advantage of free radicals formed in the field of radiation to cause dna damage targeted at cancer cells. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers, so they can potentially reduce the effectiveness of radiation treatments. It is best to avoid mega doses of antioxidants in the diet during and up to 6 weeks after radiation treatments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Seeds /y radioactive: Radioactive seed implant of prostate makes your father slightly radioactive for about 6 months when the amount of radioactivity has decreased significantly. Children have young organs prone to injury from radiation. Other forms of radiation like external beam radiation, imrt, igrt, cyberknife, high-dose-rate brachy therapy do not make your father radioactive. No risk to be around children. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a point at which radiation therapy for cancer doesn't help enough to make the side effects worth it?
Yes.: You don't always know if a treatment is going to work on a patient. If the cancer is too advanced and there is little hope of helping the patient the doctor needs to tell a patient and their family so they can consider hospice or comfort measures. Many times radiation actually is a comfort measure and given so their is no side effect but relief of the symptoms. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Is nuclear medicine considered internal radiation therapy? For some reason, it seems like all the definitions of internal radi don't include nuclear.
Yes: Nuclear Medicine includes tests such as PET and other scans that can assess tumors & evaluate the function of various organs. It also includes giving radioisotopes by mouth or vein for the treatment of certain cancers (most commonly thyroid, lymphoma and bone mets) and hyperthyroidism. This is different than brachytherapy done by Radiation Oncologists in which radioactive seeds are put in a tumor ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more
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