What are the side effects of the radiation therapy for eye cancer?

Retinopathy , catara. The retina is sensitive to radiation and it can cause serious damage if radiation over a certain dosage is given. Cataracts are common also.
Radiation in eye. All radiation affects any tissue the beam traverses. You may have redness, minor pain and tissue edema for cancer of the lids and orbit. If done for retinal or subretinal cancer, the vision may disappear at the point of beam impact but hopefully the tumor will shrink. Your radiation therapist must be closely involved in these decisions.

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If I get radiation therapy for my eye cancer, will I be radioactive while the source is in my eye? I'm leaning toward trying radiation therapy for my eye cancer, and my doctor explained that he will put a radiation source behind my eye for about a week. W

If . If you are having a plaque placed, you do not have to avoid other people. The radiation is focused to the specific area where the cancer is. If you have specific questions about the dos and don'ts after surgery, i would ask your eye surgeon. Read more...
Yes, . Yes, if you have a radioactive plaque placed on the surface of your eyeball, you will emit radiation while it's on your eye. After a few days, they usually take it off and then you will no longer be radioactive. I would discuss this with your ocular oncologist and have him/her let you know if you have to avoid other people during the time. Read more...

What should I expect after radiation therapy for head and neck cancer?

Dry mouth. Depending on the radiation field.. Dry mouth is very common, hoarseness, and tightening of the skin of the neck. Sometimes difficulty swallowing. Read more...
Many issues. Radiation therapy can give short-term and permanent side effects. Mouth sores, swallowing difficulties, pain, skin burns usually happen during and right after radiation nut get better over time. Permanent side effects include mouth dryness, swallowing difficulties, skin thickening, speech changes. Read more...
Dental problems also. The dry mouth increases the decay rate and the pattern is different from traditional caries as the decay is rapid onset, circumferential, and generally hard to treat with frequent recurrence. When teeth are extracted the bone may not heal and bone death and loss of jaw is possible. This is called osteoradionecrosis. Read more...
Radiation. Great question. Many people have redness of the skin, dry mouth and throat and problems with swallowing. It depends on the areas that are radiated. Hang in there with it. It usually gets better with time. Read more...

I keep hearing nightmares about whole head radiation therapy is it that bad for you for small cell lung cancer of the brain?

Its often therapy. Small cell lung cancer often recurs in the brain, radiation therapy before this occurs lowers the risk and improves survival. Read more...
Not too bad. Brain radiation is the best treatment available for sclc that has spread to the brain. There is some risk of memory issues, but studies have clearly shown that the risk from the cancer is much higher than risk of side effects from the radiation. Common side effects are fatigue, hair loss, and altered taste. Read more...
Life saving. There is a lot of fear about whole brain radiation, whether for treatment of mets or prevention (prophylactic cranial irradiation) which is largely unfounded. Temporary side effects are fatigue, hair loss, and skin redness. There is little risk of dementia contrary to popular belief. There is a small risk of short term memory effects. Not treating will guarantee severe problems from the tumor. Read more...