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Doctor insights on: Radiation Therapy For Bone Cysts

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What are the long-term effects of radiation therapy on bone?

What are the long-term effects of radiation therapy on bone?

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 more

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Cyst (Definition)

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


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What are the long term effects of radiation therapy on a bone?

What are the long term effects of radiation therapy on a bone?

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

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Does radiation therapy melt my bones?

Does radiation therapy melt my bones?

No: 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. ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy treat bone cancer?

Can radiation therapy treat bone cancer?

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 more

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How effective is radiation therapy on bone metastases?

Very: Radiation is the treatment of choice for bone mets its very effective palliative therapy for cancer with bone mets. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Cea analysis was increased to 1500 before treatment of secondary bone cancer but after radiation therapy and 3 chemotherapy sessions dropped to 1000?

Cea analysis was increased to 1500 before treatment of secondary bone cancer but after radiation therapy and 3 chemotherapy sessions dropped  to 1000?

CEA: The declining of the cancer marker here tells you that you respond quite well to the radiation and chemotherapy that you received. Btw, what is the primary cancer? ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Can radiation therapy help treat lung cancer metastases to the liver and bones?

Can radiation therapy help treat lung cancer metastases to the liver and bones?

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 more

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What is the most common treatment for a bone cyst?

Nothing: Except if it is very large and in a vulnerable area like the neck of the femur which coild result in a fracture through the cyst treated successfully by injecting the cyst with cortisone or other bone forming substances rarely needs a bone graft. ...Read more

Gamma Rays (Definition)

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 (Definition)

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