Some Quick Facts On Radiation Therapy


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Some Quick Facts On Radiation Therapy

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Posted on December 29, 2019 with 0 comments

Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that uses beams of radiation to shrink cancer tumors and destroy cancer cells.

The radiation oncology specialist hospital advises the use of this therapy for many types of cancer, including head, neck, brain, and breast cancer

Radiation destroys almost all the cancerous cells albeit it may also destroy the normal ones in the process. This may result in some side effects.

Doctors may treat your cancer with radiation and another type of cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy

Radiation therapy is an effective way to annihilate the cancer cells in the body. However, it must be noted that the radiation has to be aimed very carefully so that it hits mainly the cancer and not healthy tissue.

Types of radiation therapy

Most radiation therapy uses a machine that sends a beam of radiation to the part of your body that has cancer. There are two kinds of radiation beams:

·       Gamma rays

·       Proton beams

Proton beams can be aimed more precisely than gamma rays. Regardless of the beam which is used, the radiation therapy is provided every day for 6 to 8 weeks.

Doctors often use MRI, CT scan, and ultrasound during radiation therapy to be able to aim the radiation beam more precisely onto the tumor

The oncologist in India also executes the radiation therapy by shooting the radiation beam at your cancer from different sides of your body and at different angles. This process ensures that the beam always hits the cancer, but the same healthy tissue doesn’t get hit each time.

Other types of radiation therapy include:

·       A radioactive substance that doctors inject into your vein that travels through your blood to the cancer cells

·       Use of small radioactive pellets (seeds) which are placed by the doctors into the cancer tumor.

In terms of preparation for radiation therapy, it is imperative on the patient’s part to be flexible. Your scheduled appointments will be “fluid”. It goes without saying that your appointment could well float anywhere from an hour early to an hour later. At the hospital, there are few instances of patients cancelling their appointment at the last minute and others who require more time than expected. Therefore, one should be prepared for such last moment tweaks and not be upset by the changes.

A therapy as crucial as radiation therapy needs some time and consultation of experts. Since many people lack the knowhow and even cannot figure which way to go, their treatment gets delayed. At Dalmia Medtrip, a patient can get all the necessary information and even an appointment at the relevant specialty soon as he/she shares their credentials with us.

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