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Doctor insights on: Why Cant You Take Antioxidants When Getting Radiation Treatments

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What are the best foods to eat during radiation therapy? I have very little appetite since starting radiation therapy and even when I am hungry, most foods make me feel nauseated. Are there any foods i can eat without feeling sick?

What are the best foods to eat during radiation therapy? I have very little appetite since starting radiation therapy and even when I am hungry, most foods make me feel nauseated. Are there any foods i can eat without feeling sick?

Nausea and radiation: Radiation therapy is a local treatment with side effects related to the area treated. Nausea and loss of appetite are generalized symptoms. Nausea is uncommon with radiation except when the stomach is within the radiation field. Chemotherapuetic agents can cause nausea. Dehydration may also cause nausea.There are some guidelines regarding diet depending on site of radiation. Consult your rad onc. ...Read more

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Antioxidant (Definition)

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells against oxidation, especially oxidation by molecules called free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Vitamins a, c, e, as well as beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and selenium, are common antioxidants. Foods high in antioxidants include fruits, ...Read more


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Why do I have to avoid vitamins c and e when on radiation treatment?

Why do I have to avoid vitamins c and e when on radiation treatment?

Probably safe: It's probably safe to take vitamins c and e while undergoing radiation. Radiation therapy damages cells by creating free radicals called reactive oxygen species. These vitamins are antioxidants, which help cells repair damage exactly this type of damage. There's just no way to know that taking these vitamins would help protect only normal cells vs normal and cancer cells. ...Read more

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Would you only feel bad on the day you are receiving chemo or would feel bad daily after chemo treatments start?

Would you only feel bad on the day you are receiving chemo or would feel bad daily after chemo treatments start?

Variable: Depends on chemotherapy and the patient. I have patients who never feel bad and others who do have problems. Part of the battle is also using modern antiemetics to prevent the nausea and vomiting. It is quite important to follow the schedule laid out by your health care provider for these even if you feel well because nausea can sneak up on you and is harder to treat once it is present. ...Read more

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I have habit of eating raw rice frequently im NT able to control myself..! planning to get pregnant n m scared if it will effect bad? any solution?

I have habit of eating raw rice frequently im NT able to control myself..! planning to get pregnant n m scared if it will effect bad? any solution?

A habit to break...: Raw rice won't harm your pregnancy unless it is contaminated with a germ that can harm your pregnancy. When rice is cooked, all the germs are killed and its the best way to eat rice when you are pregnant. You should work on breaking this habit prior to "trying" to get pregnant. Get help from a therapist if you can't do it on your own. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I am unable to concentrate. I want to go to a neurologist but i don't like the medications because i heard there's very bad side effects. What to do ?

I am unable to concentrate. I want to go to a neurologist but i don't like the medications because i heard there's very bad side effects. What to do ?

Needs evaluation: Need to see a specialist to assess what is really wrong. Not every illness or problem is treated by medications. See your primary physician for advice. ...Read more

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How does Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) affect birth control ? It makes me feel very nausea and head ache I don't know if I want to continue this medication .

How does Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) affect birth control ? 
It makes me feel very nausea and head ache I don't know if I want to continue this medication .

None: There is no known interaction between plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) and birth control. Both can cause nausea and vomiting. Combing the two may increase nausea and vomiting. Do not discontinue without talking with your physician. ...Read more

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After being sick/anxious for months, i want to start walking, but energy is low. Any ideas for steps i can take slowly (and not look supid?)

After being sick/anxious for months, i want to start walking, but energy is low. Any ideas for steps i can take slowly (and not look supid?)

Start slow : Start with walking around the block daily for a week and the next week if you feel well walk around twice. If it is cold outside go to a local mall early before the stores open and walk. Often malls will open the doors for people to come walk early and there are not a lot of people at there at 7-8 in the morning. ...Read more

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I want to take omega 3 supplements and eat fish bec scared to bec now they it causes prostate cancer and I don't won't it how true is this?

I want to take omega 3 supplements and eat fish bec scared to bec now they it causes prostate cancer and I don't won't it how true is this?

Fish Oil & Cancer: Here's a link from Ronald Hoffman, MD about your question. Then you can decide http://drhoffman.com/article/something-fishy-this-way-comes/ You know how foods and natural products are good one week in the press and bad the next? There is a lot of poor science out there. Poorly designed studies that make headlines and confuse people. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Have heard you get sick while first taking fluoxetine. I'm too scared to take my meds. What am I supposed to do if I throw up the medicine if sick?

Have heard you get sick while first taking fluoxetine. I'm too scared to take my meds. What am I supposed to do if I throw up the medicine if sick?

Take the medicine: Fear of a potential side effect shouldn't stop you from taking the medication in the first place. Your doctor has taken the time to consider all risks/benefits, and has determined that the benefits far outweigh the risks of things like side effects. Plus, most people I've treated with fluoxetine did fine, and only had side effects (if any at all) after at least several days or weeks. ...Read more

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Why do I always get so tired and sleepy after drinking coffee? Isn't it supposed to wake me up? Instead its doing the opposite. Please advice.

Why do I always get so tired and sleepy after drinking coffee? Isn't it supposed to wake me up? Instead its doing the opposite. Please advice.

Sleepiness: You are right- caffeine normally improves alertness, but there is only so much it can do. It is doubtful that sleepiness is related to coffee. Are you sleepy regardless of the coffee? Common causes of sleepiness are sleep apnea, insomnia, or insufficient sleep due to poor sleep hygeine or sleep-wake cycle derangements. ...Read more

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I feel I should exercise and take care more of myself but can't start doing it. Any advice?I feel i havenot much energy.

I feel I should exercise and take care more of myself but can't start doing it. Any advice?I feel i havenot much energy.

Just start!: The hardest thing to do is start. The biggest mistake i see people make is trying to do too much too quickly. The next is doing things they find no enjoyment in doing. If you have no medical reason for your fatigue, and sometimes even when you do, exercise is good for you. Just start slowly with realistic goals. Maybe 10-15 minutes to begin and gradually build up with rest days built in. Enjoy! ...Read more

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I'm taking Geritol vitamins , I heard you can get pregnant faster with them? Is it's true. But they makes me constipated a lot. Do I keep taking them

I'm taking Geritol vitamins , I heard you can get pregnant faster with them? Is it's true. But they makes me constipated a lot. Do I keep taking them

No & it's up to you: When I was growing up, Geritol brand of vitamins (http://www.geritol.com/geritol-complete) was advertised for older patients. I am not aware of any evidence that taking them will get you pregnant faster. Any iron supplement can make you constipated. If you're trying to get pregnant, consider switching to a prenatal vitamin that has extra folate (folic acid) in to reduce risk for spinal tube defects ...Read more

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Is there a reason I can't take antioxidants while i'm getting radiation therapy?

Is there a reason I can't take antioxidants while i'm getting radiation therapy?

Yes: Radiation takes advantage of free radicals formed in the field of radiation to cause dna damage targeted at cancer cells. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers, so they can potentially reduce the effectiveness of radiation treatments. It is best to avoid mega doses of antioxidants in the diet during and up to 6 weeks after radiation treatments. ...Read more

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Whats considered high dosage of antioxidants during radiation therapy? Can I take barley grass which has 1000 iu of vitamin a

Whats considered high dosage of antioxidants during radiation therapy? Can I take barley grass which has 1000 iu of vitamin a

Yes: 1000 units is not excessive as most multivitamins contain 5000 units. Antioxidants may help you tolerate radiation side effects. A nutritional purple ENT that is helpful is a medicinal mushroom blend such as matake-d. ...Read more

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Do vitamins or antioxidants interfere with radiation therapy?

Do vitamins or antioxidants interfere with radiation therapy?

Yes/No: Not when used in moderation. But avoid mega doses of antioxidanta. Also stop using vitamin E supplement. One multivitamin is ok to use. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to get your taste buds back after about 39 radiation treatment inyour tonsil area?

How much time does it take to get your taste buds back after about 39 radiation treatment inyour tonsil area?

A few weeks: or at most of finishing a course of cancer drugs. The taste buds are actually damaged by the radiation and they need time to recover. Use biotin mouthwash and drink a lots of water. Get well soon! ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long does it take to get your taste buds back after about 39 radiation treatment in your tonsil area?

I'm wondering how long does it take to get your taste buds back after about 39 radiation treatment in your tonsil area?

5 patients: (i noticed you were waiting for a while to get answers, so i will comment here although I have limited experience as a dentist.) in my fresh memories, five patients come to mind. All of them had throat/mouth cancer and got similar radiations. Loss of taste seemed common--almost expected. All five patients got sensation back, but took various time. Radiation therapists know many cases, so ask them. ...Read more

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Could radiation get harder as treatments progress?

Cumulative &delayed: if a patient is going through fractionated radiation therapy during which they receive daily low dose treatments then typically it is the same amount delivered every day but the effects are cumulative on your normal body and thus side effects can worsen the longer you are treated for. The effects are experienced in a delayed manner so your body may not have side effects for the first 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the best diet we have to take while doing treatment of khemotherapy and radiation?

What is the best diet we have to take while doing treatment of khemotherapy and radiation?

Organic: As much as possible you want a high nutrient whole foods, preferably organic (pesticide-free) as tolerated. A good cookbook, for everyone in the family, is one bite at a time, by rebecca katz. ...Read more

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Treatment options. Why does it take so long to find it out if radiation or chemo will add any years of survival?

Treatment options. Why does it take so long to find it out if radiation or chemo will add any years of survival?

Studies take time: Thankfully, for most cancers, we have many treatment options- even when not curable, people are living longer and better. So if someone get radiation or chemotherapy and the cancer comes back, they can still be kept alive with other treatments. When studies are done looking for survival advantage, and the patients that recur get other treatments it can take time to evaluate the original treatment. ...Read more

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Can you get radiation treatment twice in a day?

Yes: In some circumstances delivering radiation therapy more than once a day may be used to shorten the course of treatment or modify the side-effects of treatment. ...Read more

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Can I take a shower during radiation treatments?

Yes: You may take a shower. Use a mild soap such as dove, then rinse off. Avoid scrubbing or using anything that may cause friction to the treatment area. While drying off, gently pat the treated area with a soft towel and do not rub hard. ...Read more

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How long will each daily radiation treatment take?

How long will each daily radiation treatment take?

About 15 min: Generally, it takes about 5 minutes to position a patient for a treatment. The actual treatment itself may take another 1 or 2 minutes. In most cases, the overall treatment time will last about 15 minutes. The time is much longer for radiosurgery. ...Read more

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Can a baby get accidentally irradiated from an adult person that just came home from radiation treatment?

Can a baby get accidentally irradiated from an adult person that just came home from radiation treatment?

Depends: If the adult received any type of external beam irradiation (imrt, protons, cyberknife, etc.), then no. If the adult was given a radiopharmaceutical such as radioactive iodine or a temporary internal radiation implant, yes. See: http://www.Cancer.Org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/treatmenttypes/radiation/radiationtherapyprinciples/radiation-therapy-principles-safety-for-patient-and-family. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for radiation exposure?

A bit of help...: From iodine tablets, because reactor melt downs and a bombs release radioactive iodine, and these cause future cancers in many. However, there is no morning after or day before pill to pevent lethal radiation overdoses or atomic attacks. During the cold war, there was major searches to find medical means to prevent lethal total body exposure...We have none from the effort. ...Read more

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Dad will be going through chemo 1 a wk and radiation 5days a wk for the course of 6wks what would be the best time of day to get treatment am or pm?

Dad will be going through chemo 1 a wk and radiation 5days a wk for the course of 6wks what would be the best time of day to get treatment am or pm?

It may not matter: If you are given a choice, take it in the morning half of the day provided your dad does not mind getting out of bed early. He will feel much stronger in the mornings. Patients on radiotherapy feel more tired especially in the afternoon/evenings. ...Read more

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Can women get radiation treatment and chemo while enduring a radical vasectomy?

Can women get radiation treatment and chemo while enduring a radical vasectomy?

Here are some...: Known to us, vasectomy is the surgical means to interrupt sperm transportation for sterilization. I my 46-yr study and practice in urology, I could have remembered any occasion talking about "radical" vasectomy. Besides, are you worrying about radiation and chemo to your partner while her man being treated with both for testicular cancer? So, please detail the specifics and relevance of the Q? ...Read more

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What do patients think of radiation exposure in medicine, for diagnostics and treatment? Do patients get scared?

What do patients think of radiation exposure in medicine, for diagnostics and treatment? Do patients get scared?

No if informed: If patients are informed properly , they will not 'get scared'. First the amount of radiation exposure in diagnostic test is negligible you get more by going to beach. During treatment precise , focused dose will be given with out damage to surrounding tissue, equipment also getting advanced. ...Read more

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I am currently on my 35th radiation treatment. I take 0.8mg of flomax (tamsulosin) but i'm againexperiencing decrease flow and burning. Should i increase to 0.12 m?

I am currently on my 35th radiation treatment. I take 0.8mg of flomax (tamsulosin) but i'm againexperiencing decrease flow and burning. Should i increase to 0.12 m?

No: The maximum dose for Flomax (tamsulosin) is 0.8mg. Ask your radiation oncologist if there is something else that can be done, such as adding Ibuprofen (if you've been told by your physician that it is ok for you to take ibuprofen). ...Read more

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