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How is radiotherapy used for prostate cancer?  

How is radiotherapy used for prostate cancer?  

Many ways: Radiation is a highly effective treatment option for prostate cancer. There are many options which include: external beam radiation therapy with either photons or protons, brachytherapy with either low dose rate seeds or high dose rate brachytherapy, or stereotactic body radiation. You should see a radiation oncologist in consultation to have a discussion about these different options. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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If prostate cancer is diagnosed, should I have active surveillance, radiotherapy or surgery?

If prostate cancer is diagnosed, should I have active surveillance, radiotherapy or surgery?

TX for Prostate ca: You should choose based on the sideeffects of treatment and how these would impact ur lifestyle. Observation is used for stable psa, older pts with other health issues.Surgery or xrtare both good options with very different se. Discuss these with ur doctor or find a doctor who can still speak english to explain ur options. Its a big decision and I like my pts to be happy with whatever they choose. ...Read more

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How effective is radiotherapy and chemotherapy for treating cancer, the rate of survival?

How effective is radiotherapy and chemotherapy for treating cancer, the rate of survival?

Depends: Depends on the cancer. For some cancers, the treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy will prolong survival and quality of life with possible remissions and cures. ...Read more

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How probable is it to get cancer from radiotherapy?

How probable is it to get cancer from radiotherapy?

Depends...: Radiotherapy does come with an increased risk of cancer. Children are particularly sensitive to radiation. Radiation to the head/neck region is a risk factor for thyroid cancer. The amount, frequency, and type of radiation that you receive are all factors in the development of cancer. ...Read more

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What's chance for a second cancer if I received radiotherapy as a child?

What's chance for a second cancer if I received radiotherapy as a child?

Small increase: There are many side effects of radiation therapy in childhood, depending on the site radiated. There is a small, not quantified, increase in cancer. Consult the site below for more information.
http://www. Macmillan. Org. Uk/cancerinformation/cancertreatment/treatmenttypes/radiotherapy/generalinformation/children.aspx. ...Read more

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How do you reduce the dangers of using radiotherapy to treat cancer? Don't want to create new cancers.

Board Certification: Radiation oncologists have specialized training in the use of radiation therapy techniques to treat cancers and to minimize the risks associated with the use of radiation. Board certification shows that the physician has passed a rigorous testing procedure to ensure they are adequately trained (not unlike board certification for other types of physicians). ...Read more

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Surgery, radiotherapy and chemo feel too terrible and invasive. Are there plants and preparations that can treat cancer cells?

Surgery, radiotherapy and chemo feel too terrible and invasive. Are there plants and preparations that can treat cancer cells?

Yes: Almost all chemotherapy drugs come from plants or animals. Taxol (paclitaxel) comes from the texas yew tree. The vinca alkaloids are made from the periwinkle plant (catharanthus rosea). The podophyllotoxins are derived from the may apple plant. So we have taken most of our chemos from plants and have studied them well. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of radiotherapy in treating colon cancer?

What are the side effects of radiotherapy in treating colon cancer?

Several: Radiation is used for rectal cancer. Can cause skin changes, diarrhea, decreased rectal and anal compliance. ...Read more

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How effective is external beam radiotherapy for treating colon cancer?

How effective is external beam radiotherapy for treating colon cancer?

Fairly effective: Best used in the neoadjuvant setting to reduce the size of a rectosigmoid lesion to improve operability. In terms of long term survival this has not been achieved without the addition or RT. Better results can be anticipated when RT is combined with immunochemotherapy. It is also used palliatively if a large metastatic disease is present in the pelvis and the primary has already been resected. ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy necessary to take along with radiotherapy in larynx cancer?

Is chemotherapy necessary to take along with radiotherapy in larynx cancer?

It depends: For larger primary tumors and disease that spreads to the neck you might need dual modality treatment. This means surgery + radiation or radiation + chemotherapy. You will need to have a detailed discussion with your ENT and your oncologist in order to reach an informed decision. There are pros and cons to each treatment option, and they will help you w/ your decision. ...Read more

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Does eugenol increase or decrease the effect of radiotherapy in head and neck equamus cell cancer?

No effect known.: Eugenol is a chemical responsible for the aroma of cloves. It has many uses, including perfumery, flavoring, and in formulating insect attractants. It even kills human colon cancer cell lines in vitro. But it does not appear to have an effect on radiotherapy, let alone radiotherapy in head and neck squamous cell cancer. This is treated with radiotherapy and surgery and/or chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Throat cancer what happens after radiotherapy?

Throat cancer what happens after radiotherapy?

Most are: Treated with chemo+rt. Dry mouth, loss of taste, sore swallowing, weight loss...We usually suggest a feeding tube to support. Recovery of these is variable, and gradual at best. Oral hygiene (salt/soda rinses) to rid the mouth of gooey, wall paper paste consistency saliva helps. ...Read more

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Could you need a body cast making for radiotherapy on colon cancer?

Could you need a body cast making for radiotherapy on colon cancer?

Colon cancer: Is rarely if ever treated with radiation as opposed to rectal cancer which often is treated with radiation/chemo and surgery. Not sure what you mean by a "body cast" but to my knowledge one is not used. ...Read more

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Can Radiotherapy be used for metastic colon cancer if chemotherapy is resistant?

Can Radiotherapy be used for metastic colon cancer if chemotherapy is resistant?

Not often: Radiotherapy can be useful in certain select cases where the Cancer is localized to one or two spots only. This means 1 patient in 5 may be suitable candidate. But you need to seek consultation with a radiation oncologist before you can get a clear cut answer for your circumstances. ...Read more

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How to decrease the side effects of radiotherapy for a cancer patient in treatment?

How to decrease the side effects of radiotherapy for a cancer patient in treatment?

Speak with doctor: Side effects are individualized and different for each person. I recommend that you speak with your radiation oncologist with your concerns. Your doctor cannot help address issues if they are not made aware of the problems. ...Read more

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Age 79, male, colon cancer Pt3n1b, surgery finished. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy recommended? Or both?

Age 79, male, colon cancer Pt3n1b, surgery finished. Chemotherapy or radiotherapy recommended? Or both?

More info: The molecular and some of the subtle microscopic features must also be considered. Then the odds with and without different modalities can be reviewed. It will be your choice. ...Read more

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What is the cause of painless flutter in rt side of abdomen. Post pelvic radiotherapy 5 months ago for vagina wall cancer?

What is the cause of painless flutter in rt side of abdomen. Post pelvic radiotherapy 5 months ago for vagina wall cancer?

Probably gas: I see a lot of patients who suddenly notice things about their bodies that are perfectly normal, that they didn't pay attention to until they became sick. Unless there's something more, you're probably fine. But do be sure to bring it up next time you see your doctor. ...Read more

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Had full hysterectomy for cervical cancer no cemo or radiotherapy due to lupus and on methotrexate will my cancer come back?

Had full hysterectomy for cervical cancer no cemo or radiotherapy due to lupus and on methotrexate will my cancer come back?

Depends: If the cancer was completely removed, then you are cured and it will not come back. If it was not completely removed, then the recurrence risk is very high. ...Read more

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Patients with advanced breast cancer, Has received chemotherapy, Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Patients with advanced breast cancer, Has received chemotherapy, Is there any need for radiotherapy?

Breast Cancer: As you see on TV cancer Dx and Rx is very individualized. Some need radiation and some may not. So discuss this with your Dr. ...Read more

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Hi, I want to find out about radiotherapy after breast cancer surgery, is it necessary? I don't know if I want it, thanks maxine

Hi, I want to find out about radiotherapy after breast cancer surgery, is it necessary? I don't know if I want it, thanks maxine

Depends.: Multiple factors affect a recommendation for rt including the characteristics of the breast cancer, its stage (size, lymph node status, presence of metastases etc), the type of surgery, your personal medical history (e.g. Xeroderma pigmentosa), age, accessibility and personal preference. Discuss this before embarking on therapy. ...Read more

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How effective is proton therapy for localised stage 3A tumours in non-small cell lung cancer? When is it better than traditional radiotherapy?

How effective is proton therapy for localised stage 3A tumours in non-small cell lung cancer? When is it better than traditional radiotherapy?

Controversial therap: Proton therapy is not commonly used to treat cancer, especially not Lung Cancer. It is still considered experimental therapy and is certainly not proven to be better than standard radiotherapy except in certain limited areas of the body such as spinal tumors etc. ...Read more

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Had lumpectomy radiotherapy for b cancer no sign of spread is it poss it could have spread to lungs bone I have a lot of pain in clavical & shoulder

Had lumpectomy radiotherapy for b cancer no sign of spread is it poss it could have spread to lungs bone I have a lot of pain in clavical & shoulder

Possible: It is rare for a stage I breast carcinoma to spread, but not impossible. Discuss the pain with your doctor. After examination of your shoulder, your doctor might decide it is appropriate to have an x-ray or a bone scan to alleviate your concern. ...Read more

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Had cervical cancer and chemo n radiotherapy then surgery for a bowel blockage in july 2013 then today had blood in my urine is this normal?

Had cervical cancer and chemo n radiotherapy then surgery for a bowel blockage in july 2013 then today had blood in my urine is this normal?

No: Blood in the urine is not normal. I'm not saying the cancer is back, there are many other reasons for this, but I advise you tell your oncologist soon. If the bleeding is significant, go to the hospital. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Besides IRE, cyberknife, chemotherapy, diet, radiotherapy and clinical trials, what else may be an upcoming procedure for pancreatic cancer patients?

Besides IRE, cyberknife, chemotherapy, diet, radiotherapy and clinical trials, what else may be an upcoming procedure for pancreatic cancer patients?

The future is coming: Nanoparticle therapy, biologic therapies, and vaccine trials are coming up in the next few years for pancreatic cancer. A lot of work still to be done! ...Read more

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Sir, I have taken radiotherapy for my throat cancer. Now I am free of that tumor. Is there any possibility that it be seems in any other body part?

Sir, I have taken radiotherapy for my throat cancer. Now I am free of that tumor. Is there any possibility that it be seems in any other body part?

Glad got cured: Congratulation now free of tumor, now you have to continue the check ups, always there is a chance of developing second primary cancer, fortunately the incidence is not that high. Good luck (stop smoking if you did). ...Read more

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I had lumpectomy for breast cancer then had to have chemo now drs want me to have radiotherapy I don't want to have anymore treatment should i?

I had lumpectomy for breast cancer then had to have chemo now drs want me to have radiotherapy I don't want to have anymore treatment should i?

You should: Discuss your concerns with your radiation oncologist. Not have the radiation will increase the chances the cancer will come back. ...Read more

Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Radiation Oncology (Definition)

Radiation oncology is a field of study in which a person specializes in radiation therapy, a treatment in which the patient is exposed to high energy waves or particles such as gamma rays, proton rays, or neutron rays that penetrate his body to destroy cancer cells, or prevent cancer cells from reproducing. A doctor of this specialty ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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Prostate (Definition)

The prostate is a gland that lies at the base of the bladder and surrounding a segment of urethra. It secretes a milky fluid that is discharged by excretory ducts into the urethra during the emission of semen. It is clinically important because enlargement of the prostate with age, and prostate cancer are two common ...Read more