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Whole Brain Radiation Side Effects
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
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
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
Went through 3 months of chemo, then 14 treatments whole brain radiation. Eyebrows began falling out, begin growing, fall out again. Will this stop?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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