What should I avoid doing during radiation therapy treatment?

Smoking/ Vit E. Mega dose of antioxidants, vitamin e, excess sun exposure to the treatment area, usually excessive alcohol or tobacco ( the more oxygen around, the more effective the radiation).
Depends on site. The activities, diet, medications, etc to avoid during radiation depend heavily on where you are receiving radiation. Your radiation oncologist administering your treatments is the best source of information for you in this regard.

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What are the goals of nutrition during radiation therapy for the head and neck?

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 more...
Anabolic state. Goal is to keep the body in a healthy maintenance state. Not loosing weight is important. Helps immune system stay strong and not alter anatomy important in radiation treatment accuracy. Read more...

Will my hair fall out during radiation therapy?

In area treated. You will lose hair only in the area that is being directly treated. Read more...
Depends. If the radiation therapy is treating any part of the body covered with hair, there is a possibility that you can lose the hair in that region. Your radiation oncologist will be able to inform you of your risks of hair loss. Read more...
Depends. The cost will likely depend on the complexity of the treatment, technologies used, and number of treatments in the course. Every insurance provider and plan has different rates at which they reimburse, so that adds another variable. Medicare typically sets the national rates, but this can vary significantly depending on insurances, plans and region of the country. Read more...
Typically, no. Radiation oncologists are aware of the potential risks of irradiating any part of the body, based on published studies of toxicities. We are trained on all the various factors that can make a treatment more or less risky. We take that into account for every case we consider treating. Read more...
Comfortable clothing. It really depends on the part of the body that is being treated. Our therapists (the staff who treat you on a daily basis) will need to see the skin overlying the area treated, as they use skin markings or tattoos in those spots to help in daily alignment. In general, we don't undress the areas that are not close to the site we are treating. Read more...
Follow up after treatment. Generally, we use a physical exam, imaging studies and certain blood tests (depending on the cancer) to determine if the treatment has been effective. The specific assessments will vary for each person, based on their cancer type, stage and timeframe during and after the treatment course. Read more...
On the affected area. If you are referring hair here as hair on your head- then the answer is no- unless you have your radiation done to your head then you will have some hair loss. The hair loss happens only on the area that is affected by the radiation therapy. So, if you have radiation to the breast area- your hair on your head will not fall out.. Read more...
This varies on the individual and treatment. The 2 most common symptoms are skin redness and fatigue. Fatigue can develop during treatment and last for a few weeks to a few months after completion. Skin redness on the breast or chest wall (radiation dermatitis) is also common, and usually develops 3-4 weeks after starting radiation therapy. This will resolve within a few weeks to a couple of months after treatment. Read more...

Will I need to wear a mouth mask during radiation therapy of the pelvis?

Radiation therapy. These days the radiation is targeted. So you will not need to wear a face mask. Read more...
No . No need for you to wear a mouth mask only for radiation therapy of the pelvis. However, if you are also receiving combination chemotherapy with radiation therapy- and if your white blood cell is low- then you should wear a mask to prevent you from catching infection. Read more...

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?

Depending . Depending on the type of cancer you have and the type of treatment you are receiving, loss of appetite is unfortunately a common side effect. Nausea can often be treated with specific medicines, so a conversation with your doctor would be appropriate. Some patients have success by eating several small meals -- as often as hourly -- to cope with this side effect. Experimentation is a good idea -- many paitents will find some foods more tolerable and others less tolerable. It is important to try to eat because nutrition is important as you go through aggressive therapies. Read more...
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...

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...
No standard answer. This is an area of controversy, and there are no established safety guidelines. In general, radiation oncologists recommend that any doses greater than typically recommended by the usda (http://fnic.Nal.Usda.Gov/dietary-guidance/dietary-reference-intakes/dri-tables) should be avoided. A daily multi-vitamin is likely completely safe. Dietary intake through whole foods is the recommended route. Read more...

What is the price of treatment - radiation therapy?

It varies. Radiation therapy is commonly used to control cancer. This requires high tech machines which cost millions of dollars to install. Accordingly the treatment: radiation therapy is expensive, typically runs into tens of thousands of dollars for a full course of treatment which can take up 3 to 6 weeks of daily treatments. Overall costs range from $20k for short course treatment to 100k for longer one. Read more...

What is radiation therapy treatment for colon cancer?

Hmmm. Most colon cancers are treated with surgery and possibly chemotherapy. Rectal cancers are treated with a combination of surgery and possibly chemo and radiation therapy. Very rare to treat colon cancer with radiation therapy. Read more...
Energy beams. For certain types of colorectal cancer, energy beams are focused in the cancerous area. These beams are designed to kill cancer cells and decrease the chance of the tumor growing back. Depending on the situation, radiation can be used either before an operation or after an operation. Read more...

What would be the better treatment for classical seminoma: radiation therapy or chemotherapy?

Depends on stage. Stage 1 and nonbulky stage 2: radiation therapy appears preferable. Single agent Carboplatin is being looked at. Bulky stage 3 and stage 3: 4 cycles of chemotherapy with bleomycin, Etoposide and Cisplatin is standard. Stage 4: chemotherapy. Read more...
Depends on stage. Following surgery (for stage 1), either radiation therapy or chemotherapy gives excellent long term results. The side effects of both treatments are quite minimal. It's a toss up in terms of which to recommend these days. Read more here: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/testicular/patient/page5. Read more...