Can alcoholics still get radiation therapy for cancer?

Yes. Alcohol over long periods is an environmental cause of certain cancers. These often need radiation and many have hard time to stop drinking but should.
Yes. Alcohol does not impair radiotherapy's effects, but missing treatments and non-compliance can doom efforts. Alcoholics sometimes cannot be relied on to keep their schedule of treatments, and need encouragement to stick with it.
Yes. Yes, but limiting the alcohol use during treatments may decrease some of the side effects depending on the site that is being treated (for example, head and neck cancers).

Related Questions

Can healthy people get radiation therapy to prevent cancer?

No. We can not take unnecessary radiation as it has it's risk and would give no benefit. However we all get very very low amounts of radiation from the earth and atmosphere. This keeps our bodies repair systems for any damage radiation causes functional. However if we never got any radiation that is what would be best. Radiation therapy is only needed for cancer and other benign conditions. Read more...
No. Healthy people have more risk than beneft from exposure to radiotherapy or radiation from any source. Read more...

Is it possible to get radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Yes. Current treatment of rectal cancer that extends into the wall of the rectum or involves adjacent lymph nodes is preoperative radiation and chemotherapy followed by surgery. Furthermore, cancers of the colon that have directly invaded adjacent organs or the abdominal wall are treated with radiation therapy after surgery. Read more...
Yes. Radiation is standard treatment for rectal cancers which have not spread and is used in combination with chemotherapy. For pure colon cancers, radiation is used sometimes in special situations (e.g. Cancer involving nearby critical organ or causing pain/ bleeding). The main therapies for colon cancer though are surgery and chemotherapy. Read more...

How can radiation therapy work to get rid of mesothelioma cancer?

Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive tumor arising from the lining of the lung or peritoneum. Because the tumor often occupies a broader area that can easily spread, radiation is an attempt to treat the field (the tumor and its surroundings, often contaminated by tumor). Radiation causes additional mutations in rapidly dividing cells with the hope it stops further growth and spread. Read more...
Depends. Surgery is often the first treatment in managing mesothelioma. Radiation can be used to treat the areas that the surgeon couldn't remove entirely or had concern that the margins of resection were close. Some also use it to treat areas that might have residual mesothelioma cell contamination (i.e. Biopsy sites, chest tube sites). Read more...

If I have colon cancer and get radiation therapy, can I safely have sex with my husband?

Yes. Radiation for colon cancer/ rectal cancer is usually external beam x-rays, no need to worry about any radioactivity since it is only x-rays. Side effects are local. Some bowel and bladder irritation is typical. So long as you are not having too many symptoms and feel comfortable having sex, it is fine and safe to have vaginal intercourse. Read more...
Yes. Once you leave the radiation room there is no radiation left in you to effect your husband. As long as you do not have discomfort in the abdomen, pelvis or genitals there is no reason you can not have sex. Read more...