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What Are The Side Effects Of Radio Therapy On My Neck
Swallowing effects: Radiation therapy to the neck is usually employed with nodal disease, either primary as in lymphoma or metastatic squamous Ca from oral cavity or pharynx. The most common complication occurs when the effect is on the hypopharynx and cervical esophagus at which time the salivary glands are destroyed and radiation fibrosis causes dysphagia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Too many: Side effects depend the area of the body which is being radiated- dry mouth & mouth sores (oral cancers), diarrhea (pelvic radiation), shortness of breath (lung radiation), hair loss (brain radiation), stomach ulcers and bleeding (stomach radiation). General side effects can include severe fatigue, low blood counts, skin rash and discoloration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pain, etc.: The tissues of the head and neck can be very sensitive to radiation. Depending on the site(s) treated and the dose received by those tissues, one can develop: pain (mucositis), dryness, thickened secretions, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, radiation dermatitis, hair loss, thyroid gland dysfunction, tissue edema, fibrosis, increased risk of carotid artery disease, taste & smell alterations. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Radiation therapy: Divided into -acute and late effects. Acute changes will include fatigue and skin changes that accumulate gradually within the radiated field over the course of treatment. Redness, soreness, sometimes with peeling off skin. Thickening of skin and breast edema also can happen. Late complication risk is low-may include arm swelling, radiation pneumonitis, nerve injury/brachila plexus etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not too many: Surgery with breast sparing and radiation is a very common procedure for small early breast cancers. There will some minor surgical scar, and some women experience temporary breast skin redness or breast swelling with the radiation treatments. It is a very successful treatment in early cancers and avoids complete mastectomy surgery. ...Read more
Unkown: Because cell phones emit radiofrequency energy which can be absorbed by tissues closest to the phone, there has been speculation that excessive cell phone use may be associated with brain tumors or nerve related disorders. Up to this point, there is no evidence that radiofrequency energy causes cancer. Fatigue, constipation and headache should not be associated with cell phone use. ...Read more
Supress marrow prod.: It can suppress bone marrow function as long as the bone was in the treated field. Extra care taken by radiation oncologist to avoid unneeded bone marrow in the treatment field specially if there is going to be chemotherapy in the treatment plan. Bone will also be less flexible, hence more brittle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Accutane: Accutane, in the U.S. Or roaccutane internationally is a potent drug for acne. Usual effects are dryness of lips, skin, eyes and skin generally as well as many other less common effects--some can be severe. Lab tests are done to check other side effects/complications. Most of these symptoms are gone within one month of stopping the drug. ...Read more
Radio "Frequency"?: The radio frequency face lift was approved by the FDA as a non-surgical treatment for wrinkles and facial skin imperfections. It is a medical procedure that requires no scalpels/sutures. Its effects, however, are limited compared to a full face lift surgery, because radio energy is not as accurate when attempting to re-sculpt a person's face. Discomfort, swelling and skin irritation are common. ...Read more
Throat related: During tx pain, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, dry mouth, decreased taste, skin irritation, hair loss, cough. After treatment and long term, stiff neck, difficulty swallowing, change in voice, dry mouth, dental and gingival issues, thyroid damage. The degree and extent of these depends on the amount of neck and throat in treatment field (one side vs both, just vocal cords or larger region). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different things...: Steroids can cause high blood pressure. It can cause water retention and worsen congestive heart failure in moderate to high doses. Rarely high dose steroids used for a extended length of time can cause weakening of the heart muscle and is known as steroid induced cardiomyopathy. ...Read more
Local irritation: There are very few long term effects and not much gets absorbed into the body, however some people can be allergic to the compounds and develop a rash or inflammation where this is applied. These will typically resolve if the therapy is stopped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bronchodilators: The usual bronchodilators often causes some anxiety or jittery side effects, but a new form has less side effects (xopenex). Use of corticosteroid inhalers and longer acting bronchodilators is becoming more common to reduce the use, and thus side effects, of the standard bronchodilator albuterol. Other medications are also available to reduce the use of albuterol. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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