Patient discussion about radiation

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Q. Is an X- Ray dangerous to my fetus?

I fell down while I am pregnant and was sent to the ER. I was given an x- ray there, is the radiation dangerous to my fetus?
A1As far as I know one x-ray cannot harm your fetus since there is not enough radiation there to harm it. If you are worried consult a Doctor.
A2It is advised to avoid x- rays during a pregnancy in order to avoid the radiation. However, since you were in an emergency and had to have one, its ok and no harm has been done to your fetus.

Q. What does radiation do for cancer patients?

We found out today that my grandmother has cancer and my mother said that the oncologist is planning on using radiation to ease her pain. My question is, what does radiation do? I know, eases pain, but how?
A1hello;radiation therapy/an anticancer drugs are used to suppress or arrest the rate of cell division in any tumor cells, the rad also kills good cells also.
A2Cancer cells are like any other cells except they're well, cancerous, and can cause other cells to become cancerous. Radiation treatments kill cancer cells. However, radiation kills some good cells too, which is why some radiation patients lose hair, etc. But in the long run, radiation will get rid of the cancer and hopefully ease some of her pain.
A3Radiation, which is also used to treat cancer, can be very helpful in alleviating cancer pain in some circumstances. It can be used to reduce the size of some tumors which, in turn, takes pressure off organs and nerves that the tumor touches. It can also be used to treat the pain of cancer that has spread to the bones, the brain, blood vessels, nerves and spine.

Q. Is it proven that cellular radiation can damage health?

Ait was proven that people that talk a lot with cellular phones tend to develop problems in their salivary gland (the Parotid gland, right under the ear)that is on the side they speak the most.
http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/2163

could be that in 15 years from now the amount of brain cancer will increase and they will know for sure it's from cellular phones. , why take a chance- use as less as possible, use an earphone and don't give a cellular phone to your children until they are 17.
you can never know what will they find next...

Q. What problems my sister may face if radiation therapy is not given to her?

My sister will have her radiation therapy by next week. Two weeks before she had her chemotherapy treatment. She is feeling good if not great. After her diagnosis of breast cancer she had her mastectomy and soon she was given chemotherapy treatment. I was wondering whether the radiation therapy has many serious side effects associated with it. So can we avoid this treatment? What problems my sister may face if radiation therapy is not given to her?
ARadiation therapy is used to clear the surgical area with any leftover cancer cells. These cancer cells can again return with the cancer if left inside the body. This can also pass through the blood to other areas of the body and can develop into a cancer in other areas of the body. To stop the chances of cancer reoccurrence this radiation therapy is helpful. Avoiding this treatment may be harmful as the future occurrence may be more serious. Hence it is better to go with the treatment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mDWk0KV6jI&eurl=http://www.imedix.com/health_community/v8mDWk0KV6jI_breast_cancer_treatment_alternative_hyperthermia?q=radiation%20thera&feature=player_embedded

Q. My mom`s skin looks dull after her radiation therapy.I want to know is there anything serious to consider?

My mom`s skin looks dull after her radiation therapy. We thought that it was due to her stress and surgery and will vanish once the treatment is over. But it’s almost a fortnight that her therapy is over and the dryness of the skin still remains. I want to know is this normal or is there anything serious to consider?
AIt is a common sign with the patients who underwent radiation therapy. But do care if she is having any burning sensation and itching. Meet the doctor without any delay if your mom shows any of the above symptoms. If it is a visible dryness only then she must keep herself hydrated by having a lot of water. You can use skin moisturizers also. Limit the use of deodorants and use mild soaps.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhdD8H-ikA0&eurl=http://www.imedix.com/health_community/vMhdD8H-ikA0_asco_chemotherapy_effective_radiation?q=after%20radiation%20therap&feature=player_embedded

Q. what does a sun block cream do? and what are a UV rays?

A1It blocks out harmful Ultra violet rays from the skin as the previous entries have related; however it can also block your ability to produce vitamin D. If you live in a northerly area or one that receives limited sunlight, its recommended to get at least 15 minutes of sun a day (this is probably best done with minimal sunblock) and according to personnal sun sensitivity. Another thing to keep in mind is that sunblock works best if applied 20 minutes before sun exposure.
A2I define uv rays in term of skin care as your skin is regarding this subject. Sunlight consist of different wavelength's radiation. Among them ultra violet is one of the most dangerous for skin and invisible portion of light.
UV rays are further subdivided on the base of wave-length ranges.
these are uvb, uva and uvc rays.
uvb radiation has the wave lenght range 280 to 315 nm, whereas the uva radiations have the w-l range 315 to 400.
http://www.antivitiligo.com/vitiligo-treatment/uvb.html
uva is found in huge quantity as compare to the uvb in sunlight. And burning and tanning effects of the sunlight is due to the uva.
uvb most harmful for skin and causes skin cancer by damaging DNA in skin.
A3UV rays are rays of light (essentially, a form of energy transmitted) that are beyond the spectrum we are able to see. These light rays can damage the skin, precipitating its aging and increasing the risk to skin cancer like squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma (the relationship of sun exposure and melanoma hasn't been proven definitely).

Sunscreen blocks these rays and so prevents some of its deleterious effect, although it hasn't been proven definitely to reduce the incidence of skin cancer.

Remember that even in the shade these rays are still reflected from other surfaces, and that they penetrate through glass window.

You may read more here:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sunexposure.html

Q. I have a low back pain that radiates to my leg when i pick up stuff. Is it a disc herniation?

I am a 43 years old bank teller. During the past 5 months I've suffered from a low back pain. The pain is not very strong, but it gets much worse while doing physical activity. When i walk or lift heavy things the pain is even stronger, and it radiates to my left leg. Can it be signs for disc herniation?
A1It's possible that you have a nerve impingement from a disc herniation, but not necessarily so. What you need to know is that even if you have a herniated disc, the question is what would the recommended treatment be?
90% or more of herniated discs resolve without surgical treatment within 6 months. MRI imaging is generally only indicated if one is considering surgery; in other words, your pain and neurological status is such that surgery is clinically indicated. Then, an MRI may be helpful for the surgeon. If surgery is not indicated based on clinical/symptoms, then it probably is unwise to get an MRI. They often show abnormalities that are simply 'red herrings' and often prompt people to proceed with surgery that really is not needed. Beware!

A2Hi Voodoo. I have experienced some back pain that goes down the leg as well. I was told it was Sciatica. It happens on either one side of the spine or the other, not both at once. If I bend over just a certain way, I pull or pinch the sciatic nerve. The last time I did it, I was bending down to put the dog's coat on. Boy, I was a week getting over that one. I sat with the heating pad on it and linament rubbed in at night. If I tried to bend at all, it was major pain. I don't get it very often but when I do it's quite crippling. I just have to pay attention to my bending and use the knees. Sorry, I don't know anything about herniated discs. You need to see a doctor and get proper diagnosis. Good Luck.
A3Hi there. I have degenerative disc disease, and I also had numbness in my right leg. My primary physician told me to see a neurologist. I saw the neurologist and he did an MRI of my spine. In my 4th and 5th lumbar (lower back) he found a pinched nerve. He said surgery would take care of it. Well I got the surgery, which was a success. I also had disc fragments that needed to be removed. So my disc was herniated also, and a small arthritic cyst. My legs are just great now. No more numbness. Hope this helps hon. Mellou
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