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How bad are side effects of iressa (gefitinib) and whole brain radiation?

How bad are side effects of iressa (gefitinib) and whole brain radiation?

Experimetnal to: Find out. Gefitinib (i) has few side effects: rash as an egfr tyrosine kinase blocker. Primary brain tumors express a variant egfr which may predicate its combination. The adverse effects are likely to be from the XRT not iressa (gefitinib). ...Read more

Gamma Rays (Definition)

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


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How much Brain radiation does it take to cause a decrease of Intelligence in a teenager?

How much Brain radiation does it take to cause a decrease of Intelligence in a teenager?

Huge amount: In childhood leukemia treatment, radiation therapy can have an effect because the brain is still developing. It is nowhere near as sensitive after childhood and more radiation would be needed before the effect would be seen. That's a lot even compared to cancer therapy doses.. ...Read more

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Headache after first treatment of local brain radiation. What do you recommend?

Headache after first treatment of local brain radiation. What do you recommend?

Ask your doctor: Pain medicines like tylenol (acetaminophen) can take care of most headaches yet it is good to inform your oncologist. And seek his/her advice. ...Read more

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Went through 3 months of chemo, then 14 treatments whole brain radiation. Eyebrows began falling out, begin growing, fall out again. Will this stop?

Went through 3 months of chemo, then 14 treatments whole brain radiation. Eyebrows began falling out, begin growing, fall out again. Will this stop?

Yes : You are experiencing hair loss from both treatment modalities. You should see the eyebrows start growing again about 6 weeks post the radiation treatment. ...Read more

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Can a person have pin point radiation after having all over brain radiation. A year ago? My m.I.L. Has adenocarcinoma. It spread to her brain. She had surgery a year ago to remove that tumor. She stopped chemo to do a trial med. She is back on chemo again

Can a person have pin point radiation after having all over brain radiation. A year ago? My m.I.L. Has adenocarcinoma. It spread to her brain. She had surgery a year ago to remove that tumor. She stopped chemo to do a trial med. She is back on chemo again

Yes to SRS: Pin-point or srs can be done, but key issue is will it result in benefit. If there are <4 recurrent lesions, primary and systemic disease in god control, fully functional, go for srs. If losing weight, function, progressing disease, the srs is expensive and will "fix the brain lesion" but add little value in quality or duration of life. Using srs for >4 lesions is costly and not of proven value. ...Read more

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I just finished up 28 treatments of brain radiation. Does it leave you with pains in the back or legs ?

I just finished up 28 treatments of brain radiation. Does it leave you with pains in the back or legs ?

Ask radiation MD: Ask your radiation doctor, as your position on the table may have made you develop the pains you described. Feel better. ...Read more

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If someone gets brain radiation will it make there symptoms like depression and apathy and loss of motor skills get better?

No: Radiation is likely to make matters worse. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What should I expect for small cell lung cancer metastasized to the brain twice. I have been treated with gamma knife as well as whole brain radiation?

What should I expect for small cell lung cancer metastasized to the brain twice. I have been treated with gamma knife as well as whole brain radiation?

Watch out: The chance of further brain metastases is very high. You should have an MRI of the brain at least every other month, if not every month. Better to catch these tumors small when they can be treated with radiosurgery instead of more whole brain. Good luck, . ...Read more

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What other treatments are there for cerebral vasculitis other than steroids. Condition's related to full brain radiation 35 years ago. My sister's 56 years old & has shown improvement with weaning steroids. However, her health's like a rooller coaster. L

What other treatments are there for cerebral vasculitis other than steroids. Condition's related to full brain radiation 35 years ago. 
My sister's 56 years old & has shown improvement with weaning steroids. However, her health's like a rooller coaster. L

Cerebral : Cerebral vasculitis is an inflammatory condition of the blood vessels that supply the brain. It is a rare and complicated condition that can resemble other diseases (including systemic vasculitis, infections, connective tissue diseases, or strokes). There are also several different flavors of vasculitis that affect the blood supply to the brain. Diagnosis is difficult and involves angiography (in which a catheter is inserted in an artery in the upper limb or the lower limb, threaded up to the arteries of the neck and used to inject contrast liquid to reveal the smaller blood vessels in the brain using x rays). In many cases, brain biopsy is also needed. Steroids and Cyclophosphamide (a powerful immune suppressing drug) are most often used to treat cerebral vasculitis. ...Read more

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What are long term side effects of radiation to the brain?

What are long term side effects of radiation to the brain?

multiple: Some things to watch for include dementia (particularly after whole brain), radiation-induced tumors, radiation necrosis, edema, and adjacent structure injury (particularly after radiosurgery). ...Read more

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Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more