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Is the radiation therapy a risky thing to do?

Depends. It depends on what cancer or ailment. Where and how much radiation is given dictates how risky it is. Radiation oncologists have the knowledge of consenting the patient and giving all the risks and complications so the patient makes an informed decision. Everyday many patients are taking radiation treatments and the risks are considered low and reasonable. Read more...
Yes and no. Radiation therapy is a long established treatment for many cancers. The use of radiation for cancer treatment now goes back over one hundred years. The treatments that we give today are more focused and accurate today than even ten years ago. There are always risks to any cancer therapy, however, modern radiation therapy delivered by a board certified radiation oncologist is in most cases safe. Read more...

For what reason aren't patients shielded when they are receiving radiation therapy?

Shields are built in. Radiation therapy machines have the shields built in to them. These shape the radiation to fit the area of the body that needs to be treated and protects the rest. Additionally, it takes many inches if lead to block the radiation used for external beam treatment and a person cannot wear a shield thick enough to block the beam. Read more...