11 doctors weighed in:
Is it possible for the radiation therapy for one cancer to give me another form of cancer?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
7 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It is possible but statistically low.
The benefits for the cancer you are treating will far outweigh this risk. However any unnecessary risk should not be taken if for example radiation has no known benefit for the condition being treated.

In brief: Yes
It is possible but statistically low.
The benefits for the cancer you are treating will far outweigh this risk. However any unnecessary risk should not be taken if for example radiation has no known benefit for the condition being treated.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Very low chance
It is possible for radiation therapy for one cancer to lead to a second cancer however this risk is about 5 excess cancers per 1000 patients treated by 15 years after diagnosis (gonzalez a et al.
Lancet oncology. Vol 12, issue 4, 2011).

In brief: Very low chance
It is possible for radiation therapy for one cancer to lead to a second cancer however this risk is about 5 excess cancers per 1000 patients treated by 15 years after diagnosis (gonzalez a et al.
Lancet oncology. Vol 12, issue 4, 2011).
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
The percentage of benefit would far outweigh the risk of getting the second cancer. No different than mammograms find breast cancer yet a very very small number of breast cancer is caused by mammograms.
Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Rare but possible
Like anything there are good and bad sides.
For most, the advantages of treating a known cancer far outweigh the rare risks of an induced cancer usually at least 10-15 years later. One well documented area though is women who receive mantle radiation for hodgkins. There is an increase in breast cancer risk starting 10-15 yrs later which warrants high risk surveillance including screening bmri.

In brief: Rare but possible
Like anything there are good and bad sides.
For most, the advantages of treating a known cancer far outweigh the rare risks of an induced cancer usually at least 10-15 years later. One well documented area though is women who receive mantle radiation for hodgkins. There is an increase in breast cancer risk starting 10-15 yrs later which warrants high risk surveillance including screening bmri.
Dr. Sean Canale
Dr. Sean Canale
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