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

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.
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.

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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 effective is radiation therapy for treating colon cancer?

Partially effective. The best approach for colon cancer is resection. If lesion is large such as one in the rectosigmoid, then RT plus chemo can be employed to reduce the lesion for resection. While the end effect minimizes local recurrence, it does not alter overall survival. Read more...

How long is it supposed to it take before radiation therapy starts to reduce colon cancer pain?

Depends on where. If there is pain caused by the cancer spreading to a bone or other organ, radiation therapy can work as quickly as in a few hours.To relieve pain. Depending upon how much radiation is given per treatment and how many treatments are required, the pain and tumor can shrink slower or more quickly. The more radiation per treatment the more dramatic and quick effect on tumor as well as normal cells. Read more...

Can radiation therapy be delivered to a colon cancer from a device inside a patient?

Yes. In some universities and major institutions there are dedicated machines for intraoperative radiation given to an area of concern that the surgeon could not resect and this device is aimed inside the abdomen to give the radiation. This is not common or widely available and outside machines are more readily available. Read more...

What are the long term side effects of radiation therapy for colon cancer?

Variable. However, radiation therapyu is rarely used for colon cancer, but more frequently indicated for rectal cancer. Side effects from radiation for rectal cancer include rectal bleeding from rariation proctitis, perianal skin changes, bladder radiation and vaginal. Sterility can also be affected. Read more...
Xrt. Xrt is usually for rectal cancer. Xrt side effect for rectal cancer may include diarrhea, erectile dysfucntion, prostatitis, impotence, bladder irritation, skin irritation. Read more...

What do you suggest if my mom has stage 4 colon cancer it spread to most of her intestines can she get radiation treatment?

No RT. Colon Cancer is best handled by resection of the primary. If therre is no remaining primary, local sites of mets can be handled but disseminated disease is treated only by chemotherapy. FOLFOX is used followed by the mAbs Erbitux and Avastin (bevacizumab). If that fails there are othr monolonals in FDA trials targeting immunogenic proteins expressed in colon cancer that have failed other tretments. Read more...

My mom has stage 4 colon cancer that spread to most of her intestines. Will radiation treatment help her?

No RT. Radiation therapy is not employed in metastatic colon cancer. Its most frequently employed in large rectal or rectosigmoid tumors with chemo to shrink the tumor in preparation for surgery. Metastatic stage 4 colon cancer is treated by combination chemo with immunotherapy i.e. FOLFIERI + ZALTRAP ( an epidermal growth factor inhibitor) New monoclonals are also in FDA trials for stage 4 colon Ca. Read more...