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How has radiation therapy affected cancer patients from your experience?

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Share an example of one of your patients who went through treatment. How did they respond to the radiation? As you know, the affects may vary from patient to patient. Take it to the next level and see if you can talk about what is actually happening inside the patient's body. If the cancer cells shrink or resist treatment, explain your perspective. What are the side effects, positive or negative?

How has radiation therapy affected cancer patients from your experience?

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How has radiation therapy affected cancer patients from your experience?
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Patients receive radiation therapy to cure the cancer.
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Patients receive radiation therapy for many reasons. Radiation is used to destroy cancer cells; however some patients receive radiation along with chemotherapy or immunotherapy, also before a surgical procedure to help shrink a tumor that is going to be removed, and sometimes patients receive radiation after a surgical procedure has already been performed, to destroy any smaller cells that were left behind after surgery.
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Patients receive radiation treatments usually in conjunction with chemotherapy or after/before surgery to increase their chances for survival/cure.
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Patients receive radiotherapy to halt excessive division of cancer cells leading to cancer development.
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To help minimize the size of tumors in the hope it can be removed or eliminated. It can also be used to mediate the pain level.
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Radiation therapy is chosen asd it is a localised treatment as opposed to chemotherapy being systemic. The advantage of this is that the patient will not experience hairloss, vomiting etc and should only experience sideeffects in the area being treated. (patients may experience fatigue) Radiation therapy is.
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Radiation Therapy is one of the common treatments for cancer. The option of getting radiation therapy is upon the discretion of the physician but it is based on different factors such as the type of disease and whether or not it will respond well to the treatment, the area that we are treating, the condition of the patient.
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Patients receive radiation therapy to help control or cure their disease. Some patients need pain relief and are too advanced to be cured by our help but some radiation would help with their pain control. Otherwise we are trying to eliminate the disease alone with radiation therapy or in conjuncture with chemotherapy and or surgery.
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Radiotherapy is one of the most common treatments for cancer. It is used to treat cancer, thyroid disorders and some blood disorders.
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Radiation therapy is part of the treatment to cure or reduce the cancer.
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To help destroy the DNA of cancerous cells while not harming, or minimully harming the health cells.
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It is a method for helping in treating patients with cancer.
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Patients have been diagnosed with some form of cancer and radiation therapy is a non invasive procedure that kills specifically targeted tissue.
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Radiotherapy is given either with a curative or palliative intent. It is given in the hope to cure the cancer or to relieve them of some of the symptoms they may experience such as pain.
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Obviously, patients who are receiving radiation therapy are cancer patients and radiation therapy is among few of the major treatments for cancer which can obviously be effective and cure the cancer completely, majority of the time. Radiation therapy also can improve the quality of life of the patient by reducing the pain. It also prolong the life expectancy of some palliative patients.
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To treat malignant cells. It can be used after surgery to treat and micro cells left behind or with chemotherapy.
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They have been diagnosed with some form of cancer and require a non-invasive procedure that will target and destroy the cancer cells.
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To help reduce the tumour size and cure them from cancer if radical treatment.
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To treat tumours allowing for either completely free disease or reduction of tumour.
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To shrink the present tumor down to a size that would make it removable with surgery or dissipate completely.
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Certain cancers require either the treatment of radiation or chemotherapy and sometimes require both to be used in tandem to eradicate the cancer. Radiation therapy is often used to treat tumors many popular cases would be those of breast cancer and others related. Radiation uses ionizing radiation to target the tumor without harming surrounding tissue.
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Because they need a specific area of cancer treated.
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To cure their cancer or to control/shrink the cancer and provide symptom relief.
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To treat cancer with either a curative or palliative intent.
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Patients receive radiation therapy to kill cancer cells and to help relieve pain.
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Patients receive radiation to help fight cancer cells. It breaks the DNA of healthy and cancer cells, but healthy cells are better able to repair themselves. Radiation can be used for a number of reasons. For instance, it can be used neoadjuvantly to shrink the cancer cells, it can be used adjuvantly to help another drug like chemo kill the cancer cells or it can be used by itself.
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Patients receive radiation therapy to cure and help prevent cancer from returning. Also radiation therapy is used to relieve pain to patients who have mets.
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Patients receive radiation therapy for complete radical treatment or as paliative treatment for malignacies.
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Patients receive radiation from a prescription that is written up by the Oncologist. This prescription is used to treat patients that have cancer. The treatment can be done to cure patients or to give them a palliative dose to help with pain.
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Radiation is a local cancer treatment that aims to destroy cancer cells in a targeted area.
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Patients receive radiation therapy because they have been referred to the radiation oncology department by another physician for the treatment of cancer. Patients may receive radiation therapy for a curative intent or to relieve symptoms.
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When a patient has been given a diagnosis of cancer, one of the treatment options is radiation which is delivered to shrink the tumor or to kill any microscopic cells that remain. It also can alleviate pain for palliative patients.
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To treat cancer by either eradicating a tumour or shrinking it so that it can be removed surgically. Additionally, radiation therapy can also provide palliative treatment.
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As treatment, either primarily or adjuvantly, for their cancer or benign lesion that is causing them symptoms. It can be used as treatment or palliatively to alleviate painful bone lesions for some individuals.
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To cure their cancer or to control quality of life. Can be used on its own or alongside another mechanism.
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Patients receive radiotherapy as a treatment for cancer. This can be radical treatment to minimise cancers or to palliate any symptoms as a result of cancer.
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Patients receive radiation therapy to target and destroy tumours within the body.
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Patients receive radiation therapy to destroy cancer cells and to relieve current pain they may be feeling.
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Patients receive radiation therapy in order to fight off the cancerous cells.
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Radiotherapy is delivered to control or cure cancer.
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To treat cancer, precisely, to all different body types. Hoping to shrink the size of the tumor throughout the treatments.
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Patients receive radiotherapy to relieve pain that could be pressing on their spinal cord, to shrink their tumor before they have surgery and to kill any remaining tumor cells following surgery.
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There are number of reasons why patients get radiation therapy. Most often they receive radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. Radiation therapy can be delivered as a prophylactic treatment, adjuvant treatment to another cancer control modality, as well as a palliative treatment. Most often in the case where it is a palliative treatment, radiation is used to improve quality of life by reducing pain or intervening on an emergency for example a bleed or compression are two cases radiation could be applied.
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There are number of reasons why patients get radiation therapy. Most often they receive radiation therapy for the treatment of cancer. Radiation therapy can be delivered as a prophylactic treatment, adjuvant treatment to another cancer control modality, as well as a palliative treatment. Most often in the case where it is a palliative treatment, radiation is used to improve quality of life by reducing pain or intervening on an emergency for example a bleed or compression are two cases radiation could be applied.
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Patients mainly receive radiation therapy to help manage and control, or cure their cancer disease. It is designed to shrink the size of the patients tumor.
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Patients receive radiation therapy as a treatment approach for either curing their cancer, reducing their tumor or as an aid to alleviate their symptoms.
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Radiation Therapy is the chosen treatment by the physician to cure cancer, shrink tumor size, or to relieve pain.
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Well, most patient who receive radiation therapy are oncology patients, withr palliative or radical. The aim is to treat the area of the tumour whilst avoiding healthy tissue making precision very important.
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Patients receive radiation therapy in order to treat or palliate cancer. The advantage of radiation therapy is that tumours that are inoperable are still treatable.
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To provide cure of cancer or for palliation of symptoms.

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