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We have a cancer patient taking radiation therapy, should my 3 years old son has contact with him? is there certain time we should wait after session?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: External beam

radiotherapy doesn't make a person radioactive, so there is no problem with contact.

In brief: External beam

radiotherapy doesn't make a person radioactive, so there is no problem with contact.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on type

External-beam radiation therapy does not make a person radioactive at any time.
However, with internal radiation therapy (also called brachytherapy), the implants placed in the patient's body deliver most of the radiation to the cancer. This type of radiation requires precautions to prevent exposure to other people.

In brief: Depends on type

External-beam radiation therapy does not make a person radioactive at any time.
However, with internal radiation therapy (also called brachytherapy), the implants placed in the patient's body deliver most of the radiation to the cancer. This type of radiation requires precautions to prevent exposure to other people.
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Radiaiton-ok

We do tell pregnant people (and small children) not to help people who have chemotherapy in their system to the bathroom or with bodily fluids but not for radiation.
You are not emitting radioactivity in high doses because you got high doses of radiation. We give total body irradiation and still are safe to take care of them. You just can't be in the room while they are receiving the radiation.

In brief: Radiaiton-ok

We do tell pregnant people (and small children) not to help people who have chemotherapy in their system to the bathroom or with bodily fluids but not for radiation.
You are not emitting radioactivity in high doses because you got high doses of radiation. We give total body irradiation and still are safe to take care of them. You just can't be in the room while they are receiving the radiation.
Dr. John Munshower
Dr. John Munshower
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Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics

In brief: Radiation exposure

It is totally safe for anyone including young children and babies to be around someone having radiation therapy, the patient is not “radioactive”, and poses absolutely no danger to anyone.

In brief: Radiation exposure

It is totally safe for anyone including young children and babies to be around someone having radiation therapy, the patient is not “radioactive”, and poses absolutely no danger to anyone.
Dr. Lori Semel
Dr. Lori Semel
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: This is fine

Radiation does not make a person radioactive or a danger to be around.
This would be a great time for your patient perhaps to enjoy being with Junior.

In brief: This is fine

Radiation does not make a person radioactive or a danger to be around.
This would be a great time for your patient perhaps to enjoy being with Junior.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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