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Is it possible for doctors to accidentally overdose someone on radiation therapy?

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Radiation has a prescription and dose that is variable depending on the cancer and stage.
It certainly can be given wrong or errors made. However having side effects or complications does not automatically mean there was an overdosage. That's because many parts of the body are sensitive to radiation even at appropriate doses. Therefore side effects are treated all the time.

In brief: Yes

Radiation has a prescription and dose that is variable depending on the cancer and stage.
It certainly can be given wrong or errors made. However having side effects or complications does not automatically mean there was an overdosage. That's because many parts of the body are sensitive to radiation even at appropriate doses. Therefore side effects are treated all the time.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Unfortuantely yes

It should never happen, but it has happened, and it will happen again.
As a discipline we are rather concerned and careful to avoid this, but we are human, and humans make mistakes. There have been unfortuante episodes reported in the new york times in the last 3 years. Some emphasize the rarety, others the harm, we all need to be aware, vigilant and careful.

In brief: Unfortuantely yes

It should never happen, but it has happened, and it will happen again.
As a discipline we are rather concerned and careful to avoid this, but we are human, and humans make mistakes. There have been unfortuante episodes reported in the new york times in the last 3 years. Some emphasize the rarety, others the harm, we all need to be aware, vigilant and careful.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Yes

But it is extremely rare, there is lots of quality assurance and double and triple checking to assure correct dosing.

In brief: Yes

But it is extremely rare, there is lots of quality assurance and double and triple checking to assure correct dosing.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
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