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What happens when you get a radiation injury?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Depends on organ

Radiation is a great adjunct to cancer treatment in the appropriate setting.
Radiation side effects have improved with technology and radiation oncology expertise over time. However, some injury to surrounding tissue may occur. The nature of injuries is dependent on dose, schedule, area of exposure, etc. A superficial overview is here: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/acute_radiation_syndrome.

In brief: Depends on organ

Radiation is a great adjunct to cancer treatment in the appropriate setting.
Radiation side effects have improved with technology and radiation oncology expertise over time. However, some injury to surrounding tissue may occur. The nature of injuries is dependent on dose, schedule, area of exposure, etc. A superficial overview is here: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/acute_radiation_syndrome.
Dr. Michael Thompson
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Varies

Planned radiation to treat cancers damages and kills cancer cells but also affects normal tissues causing problems at that organ e.
g. Nausea, vomitting, reflux with stomach, memory and cognitive problems with brain, mouth sores for oral radiation etc. Unplanned radiation exposure at (e.g. Nuclear plants) can cause radiation sickness and bone marrow failures leading sometimes to deaths.

In brief: Varies

Planned radiation to treat cancers damages and kills cancer cells but also affects normal tissues causing problems at that organ e.
g. Nausea, vomitting, reflux with stomach, memory and cognitive problems with brain, mouth sores for oral radiation etc. Unplanned radiation exposure at (e.g. Nuclear plants) can cause radiation sickness and bone marrow failures leading sometimes to deaths.
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