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What are the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy?

What are the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy?

Too many!!!!: Chemotherapy may cause hair loss, nausea, vomitting, diarrhea, mouth sores, low blood counts, severe infections, kidney damage, nerve damage, liver damage, heart damage, memory changes, constipation, skin rashes among other side effects. ...Read more

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Are the side effects of radiation therapy usually worse than those of chemotherapy?

Are the side effects of radiation therapy usually worse than those of chemotherapy?

Not generally.: Radiation is a local or regional treatment. Chemotherapy goes all over in the bloodstream. Therefore chemotherapy has a greater chance to affect more things and have more potential side effects. However each patient is different and radiation can be worse than chemotherapy if it causes significant side effect where it is being aimed. This depends then on the actual area being radiated. ...Read more

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What effects might myasthenia graves have on radiation and chemotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer ?

What effects might myasthenia graves have on radiation and chemotherapy treatment for pancreatic cancer ?

See prior answer: In brief, anesthesia, neuromuscular blockers, surgery itself can all result in post-operative respiratory failure, with need for trach and respirator. The chemo may also affect the neuromuscular junction. Need a careful coordinated team approach with your neurologist constantly monitoring. ...Read more

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What should I expect from radiation and chemotherapy?

What should I expect from radiation and chemotherapy?

It depends: There are many, many chemotherapy drugs and combinations. Radiation may be administered to different parts of the body. It depends on the chemotherapy drugs and the site radiation will be administered to that will determine the types of effects that may be encountered. ...Read more

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How can you decide between radiation and chemotherapy?

How can you decide between radiation and chemotherapy?

See below: The choice between radiation and chemotherapy depends on the type of cancer, the site of the cancer, symptoms, and the reason for treatment (is it for cure, control of symptoms?). Sometimes they are used together. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between radiation and chemotherapy?

Is there a difference between radiation and chemotherapy?

Yes: Radiation delivers treatment to where the beam is delivered. So if you radiate the arm, the arm is all that is treated. Chemotherapy goes wherever blood goes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how radiation and chemotherapy differ?

Significant : Radiation uses energy, be it from an external beam or from implanted or injected radioactive isotopes. Chemotherapy are drugs given IV or by mouth. Both have their roles depending on the situation. ...Read more

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My dad will start radiation and chemotherapy in 2 wks probably in the mornings don't know yet, but is it best if he has breakfast before he goes?

My dad  will start radiation and chemotherapy in 2 wks probably in the mornings don't know yet, but is it best if he has breakfast before he goes?

A light meal: is generally fine, and will make him feel more comfortable than being fasting. Anti-nausea medicines are typically given before chemotherapy or radiation treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if i know radiation and chemotherapy are mainly for cancer but what is dialysis for?

Kidney failure: Dialysis replaces the function of the kidneys to filter byproducts out of your blood to create urine and avoid buildup of impurities in the blood. ...Read more

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After a neck dissection how many weeks is suitable to be able to receive radiation and chemotherapy?

After a neck dissection how many weeks is suitable to  be able to receive radiation and chemotherapy?

Several wks: With a complete radical neck dissection the jugular vein may be taken and compete dissection of the carotid artery performed. Often the sternomastoid muscle is resected so that blood supply to the skin flaps can be compromised and one has to be sure that the skin flaps are completely viable. This can take from 6-8 wks before chemotherapy and RT employed. ...Read more

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I suffered from radiation and chemotherapy damage as a child. Every doctor i go to refers me to someone else eventually i need help with my pain soon.

I suffered from radiation and chemotherapy damage as a child. Every doctor i go to refers me to someone else eventually i need help with my pain soon.

Expert: Childhood chemotherapy and radiation -- while often life saving and without other options (especially years ago) -- can lead to later complications. If you have pain, then a differential diagnosis (ddx) for pain needs to be established. May want to be seen at a "pediatric" survivorship clinic for adults with expertise in this area. Cog info: http://www.Survivorshipguidelines.Org/. ...Read more

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Is radiation and chemotherapy the only way to get rid of vaginal cancer?

Is radiation and chemotherapy the only way to get rid of vaginal cancer?

It depends...: Vaginal cancer treatment can depend on size of tumor and whether or not it is suspected to have spread to lymph nodes or other sites in the pelvis. If it is caught early enough and once the pathologist reports on the extent of disease, you should talk with your gyn-oncologist on appropriate, specific treatment for you. ...Read more

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Pain in hips since radiation and chemotherapy for cervical cancer; does it go away?

Pain in hips since radiation and chemotherapy for cervical cancer; does it go away?

Neuropathy: It can be related to neuropathy after chemotherapy and/or radiation. Often it does go away after several months. However, i would recommend to see pain specialist and start medical treatment. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I will survive lung cancer with just radiation and chemotherapy?

How likely is it that I will survive lung cancer with just radiation and chemotherapy?

For stage I and II: For stage i and ii lung cancer, the standard of care is anatomic surgical resection. This potentiall can be done minimally invasively. ...Read more

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My mom has cervical cancer stage 2 dr's r saying have radiation and chemotherapy but it is possible to have surgery?

My mom has cervical cancer stage 2 dr's r saying have radiation and chemotherapy  but it is possible to have  surgery?

Not advisable: For stage 2 cervical cancer, most people recommend chemo + radiation. Surgery alone is unlikely to remove all the cancer, so they would have to have chemo and/or radiation anyway. Older studies showed very high complication rates with surgery + radiation. ...Read more

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How much radiation and chemotherapy am I likely to need for breast cancer?

How much radiation and chemotherapy am I likely to need for breast cancer?

Variable.: Following a lumpectomy, radiation therapy is usually given "from the outiside-in" over 7 weeks; select people may be treated over 4 weeks. An alternate method is to treat "from the inside-out" via brachytherapy over 5 days. Chemotherapy, when indicated, is typically given in 4-8 doses separated by 2-3 weeks over 3-6 months; Herceptin (trastuzumab) is usually given over an entire year. ...Read more

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My breast cancer came back after 13 years - has radiation and chemotherapy improved since then?

Yes: New chemotherapy agents have been introduced. There are also newer types of rmachines and techniques. However in regards to radiation if you had the same exact problem now versus 13 years ago the treatment might be exactly the same. ...Read more

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If I get radiation and chemotherapy for my esophageal cancer and have clean CT and pet scans, will I still need surgery?

If I get radiation and chemotherapy for my esophageal cancer and have clean CT and pet scans, will I still need surgery?

Maybe: Therapy for esophageal cancer is dependent on the stage. There are IV relative stages. In the physically fit patient, the upfront therapy for stage i and iia is surgery. For stages iib and iii, the therapy of choice is chemoradiation followed by surgery. For stage iv, chemotherapy +/- radiation and no surgery. That being said 15-20% have complete eradication of tumor after chemoradiation. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of radiation for prostate cancer?

What are the side effects of radiation for prostate cancer?

Here are some...: Radiation intends to kill cancers but always accompanying its collateral injury to all the tissues projected through. As a result, nature or features of all injured tissues may ensue leading to less ability to function and self-repair. Hence, urinary and/or fecal frequency, bleeding from rectum or bladder, etc. may develop. At times, feeling some tiredness may also happen to few. Generally, rare. ...Read more

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