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Why Does Radiation Treatment Cause Fatigue
It is the most : Common effect, but occurs in fewer than 50%. Most affected get better in 2 to 4 weeks. Inexplicabbly, 1-2% endure for months. ...Read more
Sometimes: If the radiation field encompases the ovaries or a single remaining ovary, then with usual treatment intensity, there is a high liklihood of infertility. To avoid this the radiation fields are usually designed to spare the ovaries but since the ovaries move around in the pelvis somewhat, often surgery is used before the radiation therapy to move and fix the ovaries out of planned radiation area. ...Read more
Not usually: Breast radiation doesn't usually have many side effects outside of the breast, chest wall, and occasionally the lung. But fatigue is common and sometimes depression as well (not really related to the radiation per se). So it is not uncommon for iriitable bowel type symptoms to flare up if you are a person that has GI issues when stressed. ...Read more
Huge appetite, frequent thirst&urination, tiredness etc, could this be caused by vistamethasone and avamys nasal treatment&should i stop taking it?
Yes: Many patients experience fatigue towards the end of their treatment. However, most individuals who work can continue to do so. ...Read more
Does brachytherapy cause nausea and fatigue? Several family members have had severe nausea and fatigue from external radiation. I’m scheduled to have brachytherapy next week, and i want to know if it will cause the same side effects?
Brachyherapy : Brachyherapy for the prostate causes very little fatigue however the medications associated with the treatment can cause some fatigue the majority of patients continue to work and do all normal activities several days after treatment. ...Read more
I have pain an and itching in vaginal lips, generalized tiredness, dysperiunia and some times sharp pain in pubic area.Cause and treatment?
Pelvic discomfort: This requires an examination for dx.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Often radiation is used to stop bleeding, such as coughing up blood from a lung cancer, or bleeding from the vagina from a cervix or vaginal cancer. However if the skin in an area peels excessively or the linings of the oral or intestinal tract such as the rectum can bleed temporarily and often heal. However long term changes can lead to periodic bleeding from an area such as the rectum. ...Read more
Secondary Cancer: Radiation does cause cancer, but is also used to treat cancer in radiation oncology. The best data for this is from children treated with radiation and followed closely for many years. The data can be murky with other causes of cancer. However, in general, the risk of secondary malignancy is much less than 1% can take up to 20 years to develop. The benefit of radiation far outweighs this risk. ...Read more
Yes: Only radiation given directly through and to the teeth can cause this damage. Or radiation to salivary glands that dry the mouth cause teeth to decay as well. Otherwise radiation not in these area does not cause teeth problems. ...Read more
Yes and no: There is no way to reverse the erectile dysfunction that results from radiation following however medications such as viagra/levitra/cialis can help. If these medications do not help then there are other options as well (injections, pumps). It is important to have these discussions with you radiation oncologist and or urologist. ...Read more
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