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Splitting And Blistering After Radiotherapy
It can: Radiotherapy can cause skin redness, hair loss, and in some situations ulcerations and blistering. These skin changes only occur in the region of the body being treated, and they typically progress during the course of radiotherapy and gradually improve in the weeks after treatment. Depending on the location and type of treatment, these side effects may be unlikely or expected. ...Read more
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
Red Spots appearing on thighs and arms, spots on arms blistering and splitting raw. He recently got over HFM - but his mouth still seems sore.
Depends: In different areas not treated before you can get radiation. In the same area depends in the size of the fields and doses previously used as well as the types of radiation available. In one area however there are limits and it can not be repeated over and over. ...Read more
Fancy wording: Sounds like a way to explain why using a radioactive isotope of an element that chemically looks like calcium, the hardening mineral in bones. Strotium, samarium, and most recently radium fit this bill well. Each isotopes vary in the energy and range of dose distribution, and the conjugating agents, toxicty and costs vary as well. ...Read more
Yes it often is: Radiotherapy is a commonly used treatment for controlling Cancer. Depending on the extent of your cancer, with radiotherapy you have one type of treatment...other treatment may include Surgery or Chemotherapy. We often use one or more of these 3 means of treatment for Cancer. ...Read more
Yes if external rt: Exposure to external beam radiation in a therapeutic manner does not cause any risk of being radioactive or exposing others to radiation. The effects take place but the radiation itself is turned on and then off in the department. Some internal or implanted forms of radiation called brachytherapy or infusion all therapy can pose risk of exposure to others but such scenarios require safety guide. ...Read more
What part of body?: In general, radiation may cause skin and mucosal damage: changes in color and thickening (hardening), dry mouth.; worst scenarios: ulcers or fistulas, scars in internal organs such as lungs; bleeding from sigmoid colon in radiation to the prostate. Tiredness, feeling sick, eating and drinking changes, skin care, hair loss, changes in your blood, possible long-term side effects. ...Read more
Allows precision: Very small tattoo markings (size of a freckle or head of a pin) are used in radiation therapy to allow the radiation therapist to precisely aim the high-tech equipment at the area needing treatment. These tiny dots are crucial for accurate targeting of the tumor area. A tattoo is better than a magic marker dot because it won't wash off when you take a shower or go swimming. ...Read more
Yes it can: Radiation therapy- to treat cancer- causes dna damage to both healthy and cancerous cells within the radiation area treated. The healthy cells can repair themselves while cancer cells generally cannot and die. However, during radiation and for a few weeks, healthy cells are injured. If long bones are in the radiation field, bone marrow function decreases and infection risk is raised temporarily. ...Read more
It can.: The radiation treats any tissue that tends to reproduce and grow rapidly. This actually describes the lining of the intestine as well as cancer. When the lining of the colon is affected, it falls off and allows the bacteria a chance to get to work on the layers underneath. This leads to inflation (itis) thus colon itis or more properly - colitis. ...Read more
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
For what?: Shouldn't be a problem but sometimes precautions are necessary. Talk to your cardiologist about specifics. ...Read more
More info: Need clarification. Are you asking about interleukin-2 (il-2)? There is no standard treatment I am aware of called 2ia. ...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
Do chemotherapy and radiotherapy have the same side effects? Or radiotherapy is easier to tolerate?
Apples & oranges: Some side effects are similar (like fatigue) some others very different. Depends a lot on the type and intensity of the chemo as well as the intensity and target area of the radiation mixed with the general health of the patient. It is not proper to generalize and say chemo is easier than radiation or radiation easier than chemo. I've seen people do well or get very sick with either. ...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
Killing cancer cells: Radiaiton therapy uses high energy x-rays to cause injury to cancer cells. It is used in many cases were surgery is either not possible or even despite surgery, there will be cancer cells left behind. Radiation in general works by either killing or injurying cancer cells so that they either die off directly or die off as they try and grow/divide. The normal body is able to recover by healing. ...Read more
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
I am wondering what hodgkin's lymphoma treatments are there alternative to mainstream chemo and radiotherapy?
Beware: Alternative treatments for cancer are cropping up all over the place. Cancer patients (and their families) can be extremely vulnerable to being drawn in by promises of healing where the mainstream medical community has been unable to help much. Beware of people who would take advantage of this vulnerability with hefty up-front fees and promises of miracle-like cures. ...Read more
No: This must not be for you, but someone else. Radiotherapy is for cancer treatment, unless you are referring to something else. Sometimes electro surgery is referred to a radiotherapy and that would be just using an electical instuement to cut. It wouldn't hurt if numbed up. Now the underlying condition might cause pain and the consequences of the treatment might cause complications that could ...Read more
Many: Most cancers that metastasize to bone also lymphomas. ...Read more
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