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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?

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?

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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