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Is it safe to be around a person undergoing chemo and radiation therapy for cancer when you are pregnant?
for people undergoing chemo it is just alright to be near that person. however there is a certain type of radiation therapy wherein you need to keep your distance with that person. such form is called internal radiation therapy wherein the cancer patient will receive implantable radiation source. the best way for you to protect your pregnancy from chemo and radiation is to stay away from them. avoid handling chemo drugs and stay away from any radiation source.
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What is the diagnosis for a patient who has knots on the back of their neck after completing chemo and radiation therapy for tonsil cancer?
Answer . This is quite common and usually a side effect of the radiation therapy. Please see your Oncologist and discuss this with them because once they explain this to …you it will put your mind to rest.\n. \nGod Bless & Get Well Soon!
As a patient you can choose do do whatever you want. Nobody canforce you to do anything. However, survival rates are based off ofwhat the doctor recomends. If he recomends hav…ing chemo and orradiation I would do it. The reason being, even though duringsurgery they removed the tumor itself, microscopic cancer cells mayhave gotten transfered, by the scalpel, by the blood anything. Andall it takes is one cell and then you are not cured. Thechemo/radiation is like the "second wave" that makes sure there areno survivors (cancer cells) left. I some cases, an Sentenal Node biospy is performed at the time ofthe lumpectomy to see if any cancer cells have migrated to any ofthe Lymph nodes one the side where the breast lump was discovered.If yes, then an Axial Node discection may be done with somechemotherapy and/or radiation. But it is a case by case judgementcall on the part of the treating doctor and a decision made by thepatient.
There are three main divisions of radiation therapy, based on the source generating the rays:. 1. Radiation (xrays, gamma rays, beta rays) produced from a valve excited with …high voltage. These are only around when the current is on, just as an electromagnet has no magnetism when switched off.. 2. Radiation produced by a radio-active source such as radio-active cobalt. These may emit activity for thousands of years, and can't be 'turned off'. The source is enclosed in a lead-lined box and can only be 'stopped' by closing a lead shutter. This is like a light bulb continuously burning, but emitting no light if the door is closed.. 3. Radiation from tiny needles containing radium inserted in the body.. I'm not sure whether you mean (a) standing close to the patient during treatment or (b) standing close to the patient after treatment has finished. Only in case 3 can you get any radiation from the patient after treatment, and if a partner may be advised not to share a bed until the needles are removed. In the other cases, it is unlikely that you would be allowed close during treatment. Radioactive tracers, e.g. drinks given to test thyroid function, involve a minute and harmless amount of radiation.
Not during the treatment.
Yes she can. Neither cancer or chemotherapy is contagious.
Yes.. Cancer isn't contagious.
Yes, they are perfectly safe to be around pregnant women, 'Cancers' are not contageous in the sense that just being around someone can cause you to get it.. however if they ha…ve recently been treated with chemo (a few hours, days ago) you may want to keep a little distance as some chemicals used in hospitals are not safe for pregnant women- but in general, you should be perfectly fine if you are pregnant around someone undergoing chemo. As long as the person isn't sick with a contageous illness on top of whatever they've been diagnosed with- like strep throat, flu, bronchitus etc.
The radiation kills bone marrow, where both red and white blood cells are made. The white blood cells produce most of the immune system, with fewer white blood cells the immun…e system weakens.
No but it kills the cancer cells faster than normal cells so you can say it helps people with lung cancer
Pregnant women cannot have radiation therapy for fear of harming the fetus.
Prostate cancer responds well to radiation therapy
Radiation therapy also can cause difficulty swallowing, oral gum disease, and dry mouth. Additionally, radiation therapy can cause damage to local structures within the irradi…ated field.
Radiation therapy is commonly administered to approximately 50% of cancer patients during the course of illness. It can be used as the sole method of cure for tumors in the mo…uth and neighboring structures in the oral cavity.
The prostate has nothing to do with sperm that gets a woman pregnant. That being said, the dose for sterilization is 700cGy to the gonads not the prostate, however prostate tr…eatment is usually to 7000cGy so sterilization is likely. But if this a real concern for you talk to your oncologist and if there is doubt he will run a semenalysis. If you want to father children it is best to freeze some semen before the treatment.
You can refuse any treatment you like, its your body.