Written by Dr. Sangamithra, MBBS | 

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD on Sep 08, 2014

Radiotherapy & safety:

After radiotherapy people are concerns about the radiation risk that they pose to themselves as well as to others. In case of external radiotherapy no special precautions are needed to be taken. In case of internal radiotherapy, the radioactive substance will be eliminated via urine, saliva, sweat, and feces hence specific precautionary measures are to be followed such as

  • Proper hand washing after using the toilet.
  • Using separate eating utensils and towels.
  • Drinking plenty of fluids to flush out the radioactive substance from the body
  • Avoiding kissing and sexual contact.
  • Avoiding prolonged contact with infants, children and pregnant women.

References:

  1. About Cancer - (http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/ default.asp?page=166)
  2. WHAT IS RADIOTHERAPY? - (http://www.cancernet.co.uk/rxt-what.htm)

Comments

nizamzualiz Tuesday, September 25, 2012

There is opinion saying Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy treatment are not actually killing the cancer cells but the cells are kept [or maybe deactivated] for a period of time... It will strike back. At that point of time, we may be able to do the same treatment/s, but the attack usually more severe than the first. Possibly, the patient may have no energy to go through the second episode of treatment (due to age and/or tiredness and/or cost incurred). If you are not lucky, the second cancer will strike due to the treatment itself. So, instead of killing the cancer cells the treatment may create second cancer. Appreciate comments please

faranak Saturday, February 11, 2012

could IMRT done near an organ cause the organ a condition that can not be transplanted if needed?

linac Saturday, July 17, 2010

hi!
can i ask what's the difference between conventional fractionated XRT versus stereotactic radiosurgery vs external beam radiation therapy?

ahpeng Friday, April 16, 2010

My skin is itchy and scratches now and then please advise

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