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Why Does Radiation Therapy Weaken The Immune System
Yes, but wait..: There is truth that radiotherapy alters immmunity. In the olden days, reactivation of quiescent tuberculosis occured. We note that after radiotherapy, the lymphocyte white cell population disappears or at least is markedly diminished for some time. Surprisingly, it does not lead to definable illness, and the lymphocyte poulation returns. Explains transient psoriasis benefits/changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Irradiation is the process by which an object is exposed to radiation. The exposure can originate from various sources, including natural sources. Most frequently the term refers to ionizing radiation, and to a level of radiation that will serve a specific purpose, rather than radiation exposure to normal ...Read more
It can: Depending on how large the area of the body being treated, it is possible that the immune system could be affected and contribute to a higher susceptibility to viruses, fungus and bacteria. They may also be the case if the radiation treatment causes breakdown or sores of the mouth or GI tract which would break down the body's defenses to these organisms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diet with radiation: Because radiation therapy to head and neck often has a profound effect on the ability to ear, loss of appetite, nausea and subsequent weight loss, the patient must be treated to prevent mal-nutrition. Often a stomach tube is inserted so a nutritious diet can be given during the radiation therapy period. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If your onj is not caused from radiation therapy nor from taking osteo/steroid or bisphoshonates meds or therapy, then what else could cause it?
Is it ONJ?: Onj defines a condition that the bone in the affected area does not heal and becoming necroses. Inability for osteoclast function is the main reason. Any drug, disease condition or ailment that affecting osteoclast function will give you onj. Severe diabetic patient may develop localized infection in the area and causes necroses/delay healing. Biopsy for cancer. Laser biostimulation will help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Supress marrow prod.: It can suppress bone marrow function as long as the bone was in the treated field. Extra care taken by radiation oncologist to avoid unneeded bone marrow in the treatment field specially if there is going to be chemotherapy in the treatment plan. Bone will also be less flexible, hence more brittle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always: This depends on if you can see or feel the cancer physically or your doctor sees the tumor on setup x-rays. In these cases you could see the tumor shrinking and as such it is working. In many cases we are treating cancer that are too small to see even on x-rays and the therapy is based in studies that have shown radiation will work. Over time you are examined and xrayed to verify how it worked. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can i exercise while i’m having radiation therapy? I exercise almost every day, and i don’t feel right when i don’t. Now i’m about to start radiation therapy. Will i still be able to exercise?
Yes: Generally, we recommend maintaining activity during radiation therapy. Fatigue is a common complaint with radiation, active patients tend to do better. Most other symptoms with radiation therapy tend to be related to the area of the body treated. Side effects and overall recommendations would depend on region treated and if chemotherapy is required. Consult with your radiation oncologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: It depends on what cancer or ailment. Where and how much radiation is given dictates how risky it is. Radiation oncologists have the knowledge of consenting the patient and giving all the risks and complications so the patient makes an informed decision. Everyday many patients are taking radiation treatments and the risks are considered low and reasonable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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