• how do they tell if the radiation therapy worked?

    Asked by julius on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

    how do they tell if the radiation therapy worked?

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    • saltermd's Avatar
      saltermd (Best Answer!)

      This will depend largely on the cancer and goals of treatment (curative vs. palliative). In most cases, a follow-up scan (CT, PET, etc.) will be utilized to assess efficacy of radiation. Sometimes one may rely on bloodwork for this purpose (e.g., PSA in prostate cancer) In other cases (e.g., radiation to the breast after curative surgery) there is no way to evaluate efficacy - only time will tell if the treatment was effective in preventing relapse. Hope that helps !

      over 4 years ago
    • julius' Avatar

      Thank you very much----the radiation oncologist said a psa would be used and I said I am undergoing hormone therapy also so is that going to be enough to tell you the radiation has worked? I asked abot a ct scan or pet scan hes gonna let me know

      over 4 years ago

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