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Does radiotherapy cause skin ulcerations and blistering?

Does radiotherapy cause skin ulcerations and blistering?

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

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


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How often can you undergo radiotherapy?

How often can you undergo radiotherapy?

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

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How does skeletal targeted radiotherapy work?

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

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Is radiotherapy a good option foto prolong life?

Is radiotherapy a good option foto prolong life?

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

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Is there really no issue to be near others when you're receiving radiotherapy?

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

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Why do you use immobilization in radiotherapy?

To target the cancer: Immobilization of a body part during radiation is so that the targeted area ("field") can be precisely radiated. This avoids radiation to healthy tissues and gives the cancer as directed a treatment as possible. ...Read more

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What are the common side-effects of radiotherapy?

What are the common side-effects of radiotherapy?

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

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What are radiotherapy tattoos?

What are radiotherapy tattoos?

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

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How does radiotherapy treatment work?

DNA damage: Radiation deposits energy in the tissues and causes damage to the dna of targeted cancer cells. This interferes with cancer cell division and ultimately causes cell death when the cell damage is beyond repair. ...Read more

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Can radiotherapy affect the immune system?

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

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Does radiotherapy for prostate cause colitis?

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

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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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Can radiotherapy cure fibrosarcoma and angiosarcoma?

Yes: Usually radiotherapy is used following surgery in the treatment of sarcomas, but both of these sarcomas may respond to radiotherapy. ...Read more

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Would you treat with radiotherapy someone with a pacemaker?

For what?: Shouldn't be a problem but sometimes precautions are necessary. Talk to your cardiologist about specifics. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain what is 2la is it chemo or radiotherapy?

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

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Is it possible for radiotherapy cure angiosarcoma and fibrosarcoma?

Is it possible for radiotherapy cure angiosarcoma and fibrosarcoma?

First step in: Soft part sarcoma is resection, with wide and clear margins. Radiotherapy cures by eliminating microscopic cells that might remain. ...Read more

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Endometrial adenocarcinoma for 78 aged women is radiotherapy enough?

Endometrial adenocarcinoma for 78 aged women is radiotherapy enough?

Depends - stage: Depends on histologic type & stage, but many 78 yr olds with early stage disease can be cured with surgery (hysterectomy) alone or surgery followed by radiotherapy (pelvic &/or vaginal). ...Read more

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What are the potential side effects of using radiotherapy on prostrate?

Burning: If radiation is chosen, seeds, or IMRT must be used to assure no extra organ effect. This applies to burning of bladder or rectum with several complications to those organs. ...Read more

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What is the difference between therapeutic radiography and radiotherapy?

Radiotherapy: Or radiation therapy is the use of ionizing radiation to treat diseases (for example, some cancers). This is typically performed by a radiation oncologist. Therapeutic radiography is the same thing, but the term is not commonly used in the US. ...Read more

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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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Do chemotherapy and radiotherapy have the same side effects? Or radiotherapy is easier to tolerate?

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

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

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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How does radiotherapy help brain tumors?

How does radiotherapy help brain tumors?

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

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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

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I am wondering what hodgkin's lymphoma treatments are there alternative to mainstream chemo and radiotherapy?

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

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Is radiotherapy painful? How is it performed?

Is radiotherapy painful? How is it performed?

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

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What diseases can be treated with skeletal targeted radiotherapy?

Many: Most cancers that metastasize to bone also lymphomas. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of radiotherapy?

Radiotherapy: Mostly local skin burn, redness and local pain. Late side effects of possible development of cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Philip Miller
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Blistering (Definition)

A blister is a collection of fluid under the epidermis. A blistering rash is one in which ...Read more


Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Skin Blisters (Definition)

Skin blister = vesicle = a fluid filled lesion on the outermost layer of ...Read more