Radiation Therapy

Definition of Radiation Therapy:

The use of high-energy rays to kill cancer cells.  Depending on the stage of the disease, treatment with radiation may be given alone or with chemotherapy.  Radiation therapy is local therapy; it affects cancer cells only in the treated area.  External radiation does not cause the body to become radioactive.  Most often, treatment is given on an outpatient basis in a hospital or clinic.

Also: Radiotherapy

Topics Related to Radiation Therapy

Angiosarcomas

...related topic
“...These are sometimes seen in the breast after radiation therapy for breast cancer or in the arm on the same side as a breast that has been irradiated or removed by mastectomy.”
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Beta 1,3 Glucan

...as a treatment
“...include ... People with impaired immunity from any cause including but not restricted to HIV infection; people with high occurrence of infectious diseases, tumors and undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy; age people aged 40+ when the natural aging process starts to slow down immune reactivity, geriatric patients, and others with a compromised immune response...”

Bladder Cancer

...the condition
“...Treatment for bladder cancer varies from patient to patient and includes radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery, or a combination of these therapies...”

Bone Cancer

...the condition
“...Conventional approaches to control bone pain include analgesics (to relieve pain) with treatments that kill cancer cells (chemotherapy or radiation therapy), slow their growth (hormonal therapy), or reduce bone damage (bisphosphonates)...”

Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)

...the condition
“...A slight increase in risk also occurs in some individuals treated with high dose radiotherapy for other cancers, such as lymphoma...”

Cystine

...as a treatment
“...The N-Acetyl form of Cysteine; helps prevent chemotherapy side-effects and radiation therapy side effects; increases glutathione levels in the lungs, kidneys, liver and bone marrow and has an anti-aging effect on the body...”

Gotu Kola

...as a treatment
“...Reproductive / Urinary: Lesions associated with pregnancy & delivery (including episiotomies); ulcerative conditions associated with radiation therapy; heals & produces remarkable elasticity in the above conditions; fibrocystic breasts...”

Hodgkin's Lymphoma

...recommendation Chemotherapy
“...Treatment usually involves radiation therapy or chemotherapy...”

Hypothyroidism

...the condition
“...Hypothyroidism is usually caused by an autoimmune disease (Hashimoto's thyroiditis), but may also be caused by radiation therapy, thyroid surgery, or certain medications...”

Increased Urinary Frequency

...the condition
“...Common causes of frequent urination include ... Radiation therapy...”

Kaposi's Sarcoma

...the condition
“...There are four main types of treatment for KS: surgery (removing the tumors), chemotherapy (using drugs to kill cancer cells), radiation therapy (using high-energy rays to kill cancer cells), and biological or immunotherapy (using the body's immune system to fight the cancer)...”

Kidney Cancer

...the condition
“...Aside from surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, treatment options include the following...”
...recommendation Radiation Therapy (Radio Therapy)
Radiation therapy alone has a relatively low success rate in treating RCC, and often produces unpleasant side-effects...”

Laryngeal Cancer

...the condition
“...Depending on the size, location, and time of cancer detection, one or more of the following approaches may be used: radiation therapy, chemotherapy, partial laryngectomy...”

Leukemia

...the condition
“...Treatment depends on the type of leukemia present ... Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL): Usually treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, corticosteroids, bone marrow transplant...”

Liver Cancer

...the condition
“...Treatment for advanced liver cancer may involve chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or both.  Recurrent cancer means the disease has come back after the initial treatment...”

Low White Blood Cell Count

...relationship to Chemotherapy Side-Effects
Radiation therapy and chemotherapy destroy fast-growing cells such as white blood cells...”

Lung Cancer

...the condition
“...Conventional treatment generally includes surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation therapy (radiotherapy)...”

Neutropenia

...relationship to Radiation Poisoning
Radiation therapy or exposure can damage the bone marrow.”
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Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

...the condition
“...Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is usually treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these treatments...”

Ovarian Cancer

...the condition
“...Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cause a variety of side-effects...”

Pericarditis

...the condition
“...car accident or heart surgery), bacterial infection (especially tuberculosis), autoimmune disease, kidney failure, hypothyroidism, cancers such as breast or lung cancer, some cancer treatments (radiotherapy, chemotherapy), and side-effects of other medications such as penicillin...”

Pituitary Tumor

...the condition
“...Radiotherapy treatment uses high-energy rays to destroy abnormal cells, and is an extremely effective and safe form of treatment, which is often used following pituitary surgery for all types of tumor...”

Prostate Cancer

...recommendation Soy Isoflavones
“...Note: Do not take any soy genistein products 10 days prior to, during, or 3 weeks after any form of radiation therapy.  Genistein may protect cancer cells against radiation-induced death.”

Pulmonary Fibrosis

...the condition
“...Causes include ... side-effects from radiation therapy for lung or breast cancer...”

Radiation Therapy (Radio Therapy)

...as a treatment
Radiation therapy (or radiotherapy) techniques have steadily improved over several decades...”

Small Intestine Cancer

...the condition
“...Chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be useful if the cancer is widespread; radiation therapy also may be helpful if there is widespread disease or if local tumors come back...”

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

...the condition
“...Lymphangiosarcomas, a cancer of lymph vessels, can develop in parts of the body where lymph nodes have been removed by surgery or damaged by radiation therapy.  Although this is a rare complication, it affects some women whose axillary lymph nodes were removed and who received radiation to treat their breast cancer...”

Stomach Cancer

...recommendation Radiation Therapy (Radio Therapy)
Radiotherapy is not usually used to try and cure stomach cancer, but is sometimes used to relieve symptoms if cancer has spread outside the stomach.”

Susceptibility To Cavities

...the condition
“...However, this form of fluoride therapy is recommended for persons with active decay and those at high risk, for those undergoing head and neck radiation therapy and for older adults experiencing root caries...”

Testicular Cancer

...the condition
“...Seminomas and nonseminomas differ in their tendency to spread, their patterns of spread, and response to radiation therapy.  Thus, they often require different treatment strategies, which doctors choose based on the type of tumor and the stage of disease...”

Thuja

...as a treatment
“...Some proponents claim that thuja decreases the toxic effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy.  Herbalists prescribe thuja for the following...”

Thymoma

...recommendation Radiation Therapy (Radio Therapy)
“If surgery is not possible then radiotherapy can be given...”
...recommendation Chemotherapy
“Chemotherapy is sometimes given along with radiotherapy and can also be used when the tumor has spread to other parts of the body...”
...recommendation Surgery
“...If the tumor is invasive, surgery may be more difficult and radiotherapy is usually given after surgery, to treat any remaining tumor and reduce the risk of the tumor coming back.”

Thyroid Cancer

...the condition
“...Radiation – People who have had radiotherapy applied to their neck, or who work with certain radioactive substances (e.g. nuclear industry workers, scientists or students) have an increased risk of thyroid cancer later in life...”
...recommendation Radiation Therapy (Radio Therapy)
Radiotherapy may be given following surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells...”
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