Mesothelioma Radiation

Radiation therapy is one of the oldest forms of cancer treatment mesothelioma available for several decades. Often used in conjunction with other cancer treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation is the least in the treatment of invasive cancer, causing fewer side effects than chemotherapy and provide better results.
It can also be used to relieve some symptoms of the disease mesothelioma, and make the patient more comfortable.

How radiation work?
There are three types of radiation that can be used to treat cancer patients, but not all suitable for patients with mesothelioma. Are as follows:

External beam radiation
This is the most common form of treatment used and the source of radiation to target a specific language, and to eliminate or slow the growth of malignant cells in this area, and the patient is sitting or lying on the table, and aims at an external source of radiation directly into the affected area. The purpose of radiation to kill cancer cells and stop their growth.
This treatment is rarely fully effective in the fight against mesothelioma, and usually offer multi-modal therapy in combination with chemotherapy or surgery. In addition, it can also destroy the surrounding healthy skin tissue location of the tumor, leading to irritation of the skin.
Managed external beam radiation mesothelioma five times a week for a period ranging between once or twice for several weeks. The recommended dose and length of treatment depends on a number of factors including your type of cancer, its location, size and general health of the patient,

There are two types of brachytherapy offered - temporary and permanent. Former involves the seeding of the pre-specified short time after that will be removed. Localized permanent means is never removing the seeds, although it will stop at the end of radioactivity emitting, usually between 4 and 12 months from planting, depending on the dose, and type of radioactive material used in the treatment
This type of radiation therapy allows for a high dose of focused radiation to be delivered to the affected area of ​​the body. It involves planting small rods of radioactive material directly into or near the tumor, and accurate identification of cancer cells and caused minor damage to healthy cells. In some cases, the implant rods for a short period and then removed. In other cases, and left in place, but at the end of the day to stop emission of radiation.
After completion of radiotherapy, the patient may return to his home, but can be advised to avoid interaction with pregnant women and young children, who are more susceptible to the effects of radiation.

Let the radiation source
This type of radiation is used only for certain forms of cancer, and is by mouth or by injection. A person who receives this type of radiation for treatment of radioactive and short period of time after that. In general, this is not used to treat mesothelioma of any kind.

Side effects of radiation tumor
Radiation therapy causes fewer side effects than chemotherapy and is often used for the two together for the treatment of mesothelioma cancer. The most common complaints among patients is radiation
Extreme fatigue.
Problems of the mouth.
Skin problems.
Nausea and vomiting.
Hair loss in the treated area.
Sexual changes.
Urinary and bladder changes.
Many patients find some relief from the radiation of these side effects of using alternative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and treatment


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