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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is the modality of treatment in cancer. A high dose of radiation kills the cancer cells or affects their development by attacking the DNA of the cells. External beam radiation and internal beam radiation are two types of radiation. Fatigue, skin changes, dry mouth, etc., are some of the side effects of radiation therapy.

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When do vocal cord cancer radiation side effects ease?

Query: Hi doctor,My 72-year-old grandfather got diagnosed with vocal cord cancer. He has had bypass surgery in the past. He stopped smoking almost seven years back. He was asked to do 33 days of radiation therapy. I have attached all the details. His current medications include statin and Aspirin. Now he h...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. All these symptoms are side effects of radiation therapy. After completing radiation, all his symptoms will start improving. Usually, it takes four to six weeks. Some symptoms, like voice, might not recover fully, but it...  Read Full »

Is radiation therapy needed after thyroid cancer surgery?

Query: Hello doctor,My aunt was diagnosed with stage-2 thyroid papillary carcinoma. Since it started to spread to the lymph nodes, the doctor suggested a thyroidectomy. Last week she underwent surgery. Now when she went for a follow-up, they recommended radiation therapy. Before the surgery, they said that...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. First, I want to tell you that this type of thyroid cancer has an excellent prognosis. At this stage, the cure rate is more than 90 %. If the surgery has been done successfully and the whole tumor, including lymph nodes, is removed, it is g...  Read Full »

Is radiation therapy required for stage 2B invasive breast carcinoma?

Query: Hi doctor, My mum, who is 75- years- old, recently had a modified radical mastectomy for stage 2B invasive carcinoma (tumor size 3x3, two nodes of 19 dissected had metastasis). Her biopsy result says that NHS-grade 3 and positive lymph vascular and perineural invasion, the skin and areola and nipple...  Read Full »

Dr. Andrew Chellakumar Fenn

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A summary of the patient's diagnosis, cancer stage T2, n1 (tumor 2, node 1), Grade 3, Er pr positive (estrogen and progesterone receptor testing), Lvi pni (lymphovascular and perineural invasion) positive. She is 75 years old with cardiac Comorbidity. I would suggest ra...  Read Full »

A person was encased in a metal cylinder alive for a longer period. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I wanted to ask about something my daughter saw on her medical field trip. She asked me about it, but I could not give her any answer about her trip. They had a special guest coming. The person was encased in a metal cylinder with all kinds of sounds and glass windows. The guide doctor...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It sounds like your daughter visited a unique medical facility where they house a person with a rare condition called total body irradiation (TBI) syndrome. This syndrome is often a result of a bone marrow transplant procedure, where the patient undergoes high-dose r...  Read Full »

What are the risks of stopping radiotherapy halfway?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a tumor in the uterus, and I was admitted to the hospital last month, and successfully uterus, fallopian tube, lymph nodes were removed. The biopsy report came after a week. It says a tumor involving more than 50 percent of the myometrium's thickness, lymphovascular space invasion ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhatia Jatin Vinod

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am sorry for your predicament. It is indeed difficult time due to pandemic. Ideally there should not be any gaps in the treatment, since gap results in increased chances of disease recurrence. I would advise to continue the treatment, however considering the pandemic, t...  Read Full »

Can lymphoma spread to elbow?

Query: Hi doctor, I have just finished three rounds of R-CHOP for stage 1A diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and currently receiving radiation to my hip or groin. Recently I found another lump on my elbow bone, not inside crease but outside. Two weeks ago, my elbow was red and sore. Possibly bursitis but can ...  Read Full »

Dr. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your history, you had stage 1A DLBCL (diffuse large B-cell lymphoma) and have already completed 3 R-CHOP. On radiation currently, which is standard therapy. Regarding the lump, I would like to know since when it is present, do you have any pain or tenderness,...  Read Full »

Why has my mother's skin turned black after undergoing radiation therapy?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is 55 years old. She was diagnosed with right breast carcinoma around 1.5 years back. She was treated with eight sessions of chemotherapy and then, surgery (mastectomy) and again, 25 sessions of radiation therapy. She got the last dose of radiation therapy around four months ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arun Kaushik. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. This is due to the radiation therapy. It will take some time for the lesions to heal Daily dressing and pain reliever will help. As her immunity is low because of the radiation, dressing of the wound is essential as chance of infection is high...  Read Full »

My grandfather has stage 2 colorectal cancer. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, What personalized treatment plan and considerations should be prioritized for my 68-year-old grandfather diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer? Given their age and the stage of cancer, what are the optimal treatment options available, considering factors such as potential comorbid...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The treatment for colon and rectal cancers differs; rectal cancer patients typically require chemoradiation, while colon cancer patients usually do not need radiotherapy. Stage 2 colon cancer necessitates radical surgery, and the decisio...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options available for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 45-year-old woman who has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor, specifically a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). I am seeking more information about this condition, its characteristics, and potential treatment options. Can you provide insights into the nature of di...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is an aggressive type of childhood cancer that forms in the brainstem. They are very rare and almost always occur in the pediatric population. Its manifestations include dip...  Read Full »

I have melanocytomas of the cervical spine. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have multiple melanocytomas of the meninges in the cervical spine. I had a single tumor removed in 14 years back and it has regrown, along with others. The tumor board where I am being treated recommends radiation. Photon therapy would expose my spinal cord to radiation so it cannot...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Multiple meningeal melanocytomas are usually benign lesion. Now it looks like they have recurred again. So now it is better to take a biopsy first to confirm the diagnosis pathologically and to rule out any other issue . Since your last surgical removal of melanocytoma,...  Read Full »

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