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Radiotherapy In Prostatic 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
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
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
Radiation: Usually 30-40 total treatments.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
My mum finished her radiotherapy sessions for stage three cervical cancer and looks healthy. Is there any further test that can be done to her?
A PET: I find pet scans helpful in assessing response to therapy/ evaluation for further therapy. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
My husband had oesophogal cancer six years ago and had radiotherapy and chemo. He has had a sharp pain in his neck and small amount of bleeding?
See your doctor: Hard to know what's going on but I would see the surgeon as soon as possible. If the bleeding isn't stopping go right to the er ...Read more
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
Had full hysterectomy for cervical cancer no cemo or radiotherapy due to lupus and on methotrexate will my cancer come back?
Patients with advanced breast cancer, Has received chemotherapy, Is there any need for radiotherapy?
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
How effective is proton therapy for localised stage 3A tumours in non-small cell lung cancer? When is it better than traditional radiotherapy?
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 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?
I have tongue cancer stage 4, I do not go for surgery. I have radiotherapy and chemo. Recently I vomit blood. What actually cause me to vomit blood?
Sorry to hear: I can be erosion of a blood vessel form your disease or possible spread. I wish you the best! ...Read more
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
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?
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?
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
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