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What are the long term effects of radiation therapy on a bone?
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: Supress functions
Bone marrow has many important roles including production of blood cells responsible for immunity, in other blood products.
Radiation can suppress normal bone marrow function. It can scar bone marrow. Bone can lose some of its flexibility / tensile strength, so it may fracture easier. Depending on the dose, radiation field, vascularity, there is an a rare but possible complication of necrosis.

In brief: Supress functions
Bone marrow has many important roles including production of blood cells responsible for immunity, in other blood products.
Radiation can suppress normal bone marrow function. It can scar bone marrow. Bone can lose some of its flexibility / tensile strength, so it may fracture easier. Depending on the dose, radiation field, vascularity, there is an a rare but possible complication of necrosis.
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