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What are the goals of nutrition during radiation therapy for the head and neck ?

What are the goals of nutrition during radiation therapy for the head and neck ?

Diet with radiation: Because radiation therapy to head and neck often has a profound effect on the ability to ear, loss of appetite, nausea and subsequent weight loss, the patient must be treated to prevent mal-nutrition. Often a stomach tube is inserted so a nutritious diet can be given during the radiation therapy period. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

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What are the procedures and effects of a neck lift?

What are the procedures and effects of a neck lift?

Same as a face lift: You may get other opinions, but in my mind there is really no such thing as an isolated neck lift. A facelift will rejuvenate the face from the lower eyelids to the base of the neck, and often the most beneficial effects are seen in the neck and along the jawline. Excess skin must be removed in an inconspicuous area, and this is why the incisions are around the ears, no matter what is "lifted.". ...Read more

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How is physical therapy used in the non-surgical treatment of back and neck?

How is physical therapy used in the non-surgical treatment of back and neck?

Very effective: In general, the goals of back pain exercises and physical therapy are to decrease back pain, increase function, and provide education on a maintenance program to prevent further recurrences. ...Read more

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What are the usual causes and treatment for headache at the base of the skull?

What are the usual causes and treatment for headache at the base of the skull?

Several but commonly: Commonly a headache starting at the base of the skull or neck is a tension-type headache. They're often throbbing in character & range in severity from mild to severe. Typical otc meds can help(i.e. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) aleve, etc), but appropriate dosing & precautions should be followed. Prevention/treatment approaches include stretching, exercise, massage, stress-reduction, stress-management. See doc 4 more. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments available for arthritis of the lumbar area and back of neck?

What are the best treatments available for arthritis of the lumbar area and back of neck?

Aquatic exercise: Swim, water aerobics or walking in chest deep water. We are about 80% lighter standing in chest deep water due to buoyancy. This will make exercising easier. Start with an amount that is relatively easy and comfortable, then repeat 4 or more days per week and add a few minutes to the program once a week, initially only add 2-3 mins per week, so you don't over do it. Don't give up and keep moving. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for psoriasis? Mainly in the head.. and other parts of the body like elbow and knees

What is the best treatment for psoriasis? Mainly in the head.. and other parts of the body like elbow and knees

See doctor: You may need to consult a rheumatologist if you suffer from joint symptoms. For psoriasis involving mainly the skin, a dermatologist would be your best bet. There is no one best treatment for all psoriasis sufferers and thus only your own doctor can tell you about the "best treatment" for you. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for preventing nausea/vomiting due to radiation therapy of the pelvis?

What is the best medicine for preventing nausea/vomiting due to radiation therapy of the pelvis?

The one that works : The best medicine will be the one that works for you. There are plenty of antimausea medication- from compazine, reglan, phenergan, (promethazine) ondansetron, steroids etc. Ginger also can help prevent/treat nausea. The most important here is for you to be proactive - take it before you vomit. Once you vomit- it will be hard for you to swallow any medication. Talk to your doc to give you any of the above. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of radiation therapy for a women at the age of 60 suffering from uterine cancer?

Discuss with doctor: Hello - there are several possible side effects from pelvic radiation. It varies by type of radiation, radiation field, duration of radiation, and it also varies from person to person. The most common are bowel disturbances, and diarrhea is quite common. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have SCC of the tongue. Given options of surgery or radiation/chemo. Does the patient usually choose the treatment. Which is better?

I have SCC of the tongue. Given options of surgery or radiation/chemo.  Does the patient usually choose the treatment.  Which is better?

Equivalent Options: There is no difference in outcomes between chemo/xrt and surgery followed by chemo/xrt for this disease state, assuming that this disease is locally advanced. ...Read more

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What is the upper age limit to receive radio and chemeotherapy?

No absolute limit: In the past there was hesitation to give chemotherapy to the elderly patients(>75 year olds). Bu the age of elderly for the sake of chemo keeps getting longer and longer such that we now treat patients with chemotherapy well into their late eighties and even into early nineties.. Radiotherapy keen be given to all ages , there being no upper age limit. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of chiropractic therapy for lower and middle back pain?

What are the benefits of chiropractic therapy for lower and middle back pain?

Good Benefit: Research shows for spinal conditions chiropractic adjustments and rehabilitation over the long term are best. Doctors of Chiropractic are being trained in and are specialists of both spinal manipulation and rehab. There is much research, unfortunately it is impossible for clinician's to keep up in their own field, let alone someone else's specialty. Check out www.chiro.org/research ...Read more

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What are the risks of getting a CT scan with regards to radiation and all that?

What are the risks of getting a CT scan with regards to radiation and all that?

Minimal: A cat scan is a fairly safe procedure. A single exam to a part of a body does not have significant risk as far as radiation exposure. An exam using IV contrast has a slight risk for contrast reaction. Serious reactions are quite rare. If you have a significant allergic history(significant allergic response to multiple things) your risk is slightly greater. ...Read more

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What are the major contributing factors for head and neck cancers?

What are the major contributing factors for head and neck cancers?

Well known: Standard contributing factors include chronic smoking, regular/heavy alcohol use, tobacco chewing, poor oral and dental hygiene, betel nut chewing, hpv infection (viral). ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the procedures of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and how long does the procedure takes to clean the body from the cancer cells?

I was wondering what are the procedures of radiation therapy and chemotherapy and how long does the procedure takes to clean the body from the cancer cells?

It depends: Radiation therapy (rt) is used to treat specific spots of cancer, while chemotherapy is used to treat the whole body. Rt is similar to getting an x-ray, but for 15+ minutes repeated every day, for weeks to months. Chemotherapy is an IV medicine given daily, weekly, or every few weeks, over several months. Details depend on the type of cancer being treated. ...Read more

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What is the home therapy for muscle spasm of the hips, arms and feet?

What is the home therapy for muscle spasm of the hips, arms and feet?

Heat.: I would recommend heat to the area for 20 - 25 minutes and then stretching the muscles gently. ...Read more

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What is the recommended course of action for treating degeneration and bulging in all of my lumbar discs?

What is the recommended course of action for treating degeneration and bulging in all of my lumbar discs?

No surgery!: Multiple bulging discs is the main cause for 'failed back surgery'. Bulging of discs is a normal phenomenon of aging and only if it causes nerve compression and leg radiculopathy (radiating pain), can a decompression improve things. The back needs gently daily stretching, sometimes some anti inflammatories and healthy core muscle without being overweight to protect it. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Radiation Therapy (Definition)

Radiation therapy is a common cancer treatment with the potential to have harmful side effects on a ...Read more