Asbestos cancer and radiation
Asbestos cancer and radiation are linked in that radiation is a fairly common way to treat asbestos cancer. Radiation is used to treat cancer in general because in enables physicians to target specific areas of a person’s body i.e. the area of the body affected by cancer in an attempt to kill the cancerous cells. Radiation treatments are not painful, and much like a regular X-ray, they are over quickly.
Radiation serves as an alternative to surgery. Radiation therapy can also be administered by a radioactive material injected directly into someone’s body. This can be combined with surgery to fully attack cancerous cells, but if a patient is too weak for surgery, this can be conducted as a standalone procedure.
Use of radiation to treat asbestos cancer will generally lead to some side effects. As reported, the most common side effects are exhaustion and skin irritation, but overall they vary based on where the cancer is in the boy. For instance, if someone’s lungs are being targeted, as they often are in asbestos cancer, the side effects could include extreme nausea.
Radiation therapy for asbestos cancer will be conducted in a hospital; however some patients may undergo radiation therapy as outpatients. The advantages to radiation therapy include the fact that it is relatively painless, by nature it targets a certain area of the body, and the procedure is relatively short both in single session and as a whole body of treatment.
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