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What Are The Side Effects Of Radiation And Chemotherapy
This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
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?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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