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What are the side effects of radio therapy on my neck?

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 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


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What are the side effects of the radiation therapy?

What are the side effects of the radiation therapy?

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 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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Is it acceptable to discontinue chemo after only two doses (due to side effects) and continue only with radio therapy?

Is it acceptable to discontinue chemo after only two doses (due to side effects) and continue only with radio therapy?

Discuss with doctor: You should discuss this with your oncologist and radiation oncologist. The goal(s) of treatment are important in making a decision such as this. ...Read more

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What are radio protectants, and can they decrease my side effects from radiation therapy?

What are radio protectants, and can they decrease my side effects from radiation therapy?

See below: Radioprotectants are really only useful if they offer differential radioprotection to normal tissues and not tumor cells. That's really the problem. A general radioprotectant would benefit the cancer cells as much as normal cells thus you haven't changed the therapeutic ratio. ...Read more

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Can you let me know how many days does radiation therapy side effects need to recover completely?

Can you let me know how many days does radiation therapy side effects need to recover completely?

6-8 wks: Following radiation to an organ site, there is a certain degree of edema and scarring. Like going into heavy sun and receiving sunburn. Effect not the same day after sun exposure but builds up over several days. If surgery needed to an organ receiving RT, one needs 6-8 wks before side effects minimized so that following resection, suture repair can be employed with minimal side effects. ...Read more

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What can be done to treat the side effects of radiation therapy ?

Depends: On the site of radiation. It is always important to try to eat as balanced as possible. If you have a sore mouth, tell your doctor. If fatigued ask if you are anemic. But still walk!don't be a couch potato it just makes it worse. For sore /dry skin it depends at what course of treatment you are in. Ask your dr what you can put on it to make it better, as some things will make it worse. ...Read more

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Is there any way to reverse the side effects of radiation therapy?

Is there any way to reverse the side effects of radiation therapy?

Depends: The most common side effect is fatigue. This will generally resolve on its' own over weeks to months after treatment. Exercise can help to speed up that recovery. Skin inflammation (radiation dermatitis) is also quite common, and also resolves on its' own. Using a natural anti-inflammatory skin cream (i.e. Calendula) can help. There are many possible side effects, so discuss these with your docs. ...Read more

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Are there any medications that can help treat the side effects of radiation therapy?

Yes: Depending on the side effects and where in the body radiation is given there are many remedies and medications. There will be over the counter medications or prescription medications. The doctor visits with the patient once or more a week to assess these side effects and provide the correct remedy. ...Read more

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I am about to undergo radiation therapy after a prostatectomy. What side effects, if any, can I expect?

I am about to undergo radiation therapy after a prostatectomy. What side effects, if any, can I expect?

Bladder and bowel : We use radiation therapy following prostatectomy for several reasons. But the side effects are the same. Irritation of the lower urinary tract with frequency and urgency are common as well as some potential discomfort with urination. Also there may be some change in bowel movements that can usually be controlled with diet. Fatigue is common but can be combatted with some regular exercise. ...Read more

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What are the most common side effects of radiation therapy that patients get?

Varies: Radiation affects different body parts in different ways. Early stage breast cancer relatively few symptoms - typically some fatigue, sometimes a mild sunburn like skin irritation in the radiated areas. Base of the tongue, much harsher side effects (and it is often combined with chemotherapy). They all get severe dry mouth, and may be unable to eat for awhile. Ask your rad onc doc for specifics. ...Read more

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What is the long term side effects of chemo and radiation therapy after total gastronomy?

What is the long term side effects of chemo and radiation therapy after total gastronomy?

Gastrectomy: Limits capacity and one will lose weight regardless of c or rt. Done properly, it is the acute effects, n&v/diarrhea. For expansive volumes, there may be an issue with loose bowels, but 'dumping syndrome' need to be differentiated. ...Read more

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What are side effects of radiation therapy in the throat area?

What are side effects of radiation therapy in the throat area?

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 more

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Could you tell me what are side effects of radiation therapy in the throat?

Could you tell me what are side effects of radiation therapy in the throat?

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 more

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What amount does radiation therapy for a benign paraganglioma of the neck cost?

Depends: I am assuming you are asking about yourself or someone who also lives in the US, if you are in another country all bets are off (and I would not know). In the US it depends on your insurance - talk to them and they will tell you what YOUR expenses will be. If you are uninsured your doctor (or the business manager) can draft an estimate ...Read more

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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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On my mri of head and neck, it was noted that i ve empty Sella, what are the causes of it, i ve only had Ct scans but no injury, or radiation therapy?

On my mri of head and neck, it was noted that i ve empty Sella, what are the causes of it, i ve only had Ct scans but no injury, or radiation therapy?

GiddyYap,Clyde!!!!!!: Quote:"Empty sella syndrome is where the pituitary gland shrinks or becomes flattened, creating a void in the boney sella turcica("Turkish Saddle")wherein it resides at the base of the brain. ESS can be found in the radiological workup of pituitary disorders,or as an incidental finding." So, it all depends on why they took the MRI, what symptoms you have.I'm sure your doc will discuss it with you ...Read more

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Can radiation therapy fix my overactive thyroid gland?

Can radiation therapy fix my overactive thyroid gland?

Yes: In the form of radioactive iodine 131 radiation is given by a one time capsule that targets the thyroid. This may overkill the gland and one then needs replacement medicine but at least the dose can be adjusted. ...Read more

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