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

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

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 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

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