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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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Thank you for this honest answer.He already had full brain radiation for 80+ tumors.Now there are new 35+. what & when should I expect for end of life?

Thank you for this honest answer.He already had full brain radiation for 80+ tumors.Now there are new 35+. what & when should I expect for end of life?

Comfort care: Headache, nausea, and confusion progressing to coma. Hospice care can be very helpful. Make arrangements to forego aggressive care in favor of comfort measures only if this is acceptable to you. Be glad for a life well-lived overall despite some mistakes. I wish you peace and comfort. ...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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Please, can you describe the primary side effects of radiation treatments to the brain?

Please, can you describe the primary side effects of radiation treatments to the brain?

Oncology : This depends on the type of radiation (whole brain vs target area, dose and even concomitant medications). The most common side effects are headache , nausea, poor concentration, dizziness. Late vascular effect may increase risk of stoke. Awareness of these complications have helped radiation oncology to design treatment protocols that are safe for patients while increasing efficacy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the common side effects of prostate radiation?

What are the common side effects of prostate radiation?

Gi and Gu irritation: Gastrointestional(gi) irritation: rectal irritation more frequent bowel movement, diarrhea, hemorhoids may act up, blood in the stool. Genitourinary (gu): bladder irritation, irritation of urethra, more frequent urination, burning with urination, blood in urine. Fatigue is also a common side effect. ...Read more

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Side effects from cancer radiation?

Depends: This depends on the site of your body being treated, and the dose of radiation being administered. It also depends on whether chemotherapy is also being used. Your radiation oncologist should be able to answer your question. ...Read more

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What kinds of bad side effects can be from cancer radiation?

What kinds of bad side effects can be from cancer radiation?

Depends: Will try to be general as body location, type of radiation, reason for treatment, etc play a sig role in answering your q. Short term: inflammation with resultant symptoms based upon organs/tissues treated or receiving dose, fatigue, etc long term: scar tissue, cancer risk, etc as one faces most treatments: try to eat small freq meals, stay hydrated, exercise. ...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?

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 oral radiation side effects?

What are oral radiation side effects?

Assuming you mean: Effects of radiotherapy when the mouth is being radiated? Dry mouth, then oropharyngeal mucositis, usually worse when chemotherapy is added. It is the reason i advocate a peg feeding tube before embarking on therapy. Swallowing functional impairment is the late effect. ...Read more