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Will Chemotherapy And Radiation Decrease My Sperm Count
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
How do you prepare your body for chemotherapy? What can I do to build up my strength and prepare for chemotherapy and radiation?
Diet and excercise: It's been shown that patients who are "fit" do better with chemotherapy than those who are couch potatoes. And good nutrition probably helps as well, but that's tough to measure in cancer patients, who sometimes have a poor nutrition profile because of the disease, not because of what they eat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on regimen: There are many people who have kids who previously had been treated for cancer. Oncologists can somewhat predict who may have problems with fertility based on knowing what chemotherapy medications (and their cumulative dose) and what type and location of radiation were given to a patient. Some regimens cause infertility, while others do not, and many regimens fall into a gray area. ...Read more
No: Chemotherapy has only been effective for long durations in the lymphomas. For solid tumors most patients relapse within months and the rule is that there have not been any chemo cures for metastatic solid tumors. RT is very effective in lymphomas and in controlling local recurrences such as in breast Ca.post surgery or eliminating pain in metastatic bone lesions. ...Read more
Inflammation : The esophagus will get irritated from the treatment and may lead to pain. It typically resolves after a few weeks, following treatment. Occasionally, a stricture or scar may form, but is rare. ...Read more
Fast growing ones!: Chemotherapy and radiation therapy affect the most rapidly-growing cells, which are usually the cancer cells! but they also affect other fast growing cells including hair follicles, the cells lining your stomach and intestines, and your white blood cells. That explains the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. ...Read more
Fast growing cells: Both chemotherapy and radiotherapy killl cells which are proliferating faster like the cells in our skin, hair, GI tract, gonads and blood cells. Most of these effects are short lived and the body is capable of recovering back to normal within a matter of 2-3 weeks after stopping these treatments. ...Read more
Not usually: Because the radition is used to its "maximally tolerated dose" the first time. However, if longer, and longer time has passed, the question can be re-visited. Once most tumors recur, wile there may be response, and symptom relief, there is precious few cures, if any. ...Read more
Yep: Some patients with throat, lung, rectal and other cancers get concurrent chemo and radiation. The benefit of the combo in certain specific settings is more than that of the treatments given separately but the toxicity can be worse too so it's not for everybody and not for all situations. ...Read more
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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