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Can alcoholics still get radiation therapy for cancer?
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
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