Radiation

Why Won't Doctors Face Up to the Dangers of Radiotherapy?

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Why won't our doctors face up to the dangers of radiotherapy?
By Isla Whitcroft
Last updated at 2:07 AM on 25th November 2008

It's a life-saver for thousands - but the side-effects can be devastating.

A year after he'd undergone treatment for cancer of the tonsils, Richard Wayman felt a painful tingling in his legs. Within weeks, the 59-year- old shopkeeper was struggling to walk. He was admitted to hospital, where doctors carried out scans, X-rays and tests.

Dangers of Cancer Radiation

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Radiation therapy can also cause spontaneous pneumothorax, mesothelioma, and lung cancer.

Suresh Katakkar is a top oncologist, he is the oncologist that medical personnel come to when they get cancer.

Cancer Committee Chairman: Suresh Katakkar, M.D.
Tumor Board: Suresh Katakkar, M.D.
Clinical Lecturer, Medicine
MB/BS

Radiation therapy can also cause spontaneous pneumothorax, mesothelioma, and lung cancer. In the mediastinum, radiation therapy may cause thymic cysts, calcified lymph nodes, and esophageal injuries.

Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

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Radiation is widely used as an adjuvant treatment after surgery for breast cancer. It is primarily administered to prevent recurrences and is quite effective at doing so. But a study published in the March 7, 2007 Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) has shown that radiation also increases the risk of heart disease in women who receive it following surgery for breast cancer. Using modern radiation delivery techniques shifts the pattern of harm, but does not remove it.

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