• Is it to gain weight while taking Radiation? Also I read of internal radiation Is this placed in the body at the point most needed swallowed

    Asked by scouser on Thursday, December 27, 2012

    Is it to gain weight while taking Radiation? Also I read of internal radiation Is this placed in the body at the point most needed swallowed

    what are the side effects of the pill you are given after Radiation and How long does a person have to take it?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac (Best Answer!)

      I'm having some trouble understanding your questions. Do you mean does radiation cause you to gain weight? If so, the answer to that one is no.

      The main types of internal radiation therapy (called brachytherapy) are intracavitary radiation and interstitial radiation. Both of these methods involve using radioactive implants, such as pellets, seeds, ribbons, wires, needles, capsules, balloons, or tubes. During intracavitary radiation, the material is placed in a cavity (space) in the body, such as the uterus. With interstitial radiation, the implants are placed in or near the cancer, but not in a body cavity. They are surgically implanted, not swallowed.

      What pill are you referring to? I did not have any medication to take in conjunction with radiation and I am not aware of any medications (other than perhaps some topical ointments) that are prescribed for radiation. Are your talking about an aromatase inhibitor for estrogen positive cancer? If so, that has nothing to do with radiation. Generally aromatase inhibitors are taken for 5 years, but some recent studies indicate there might be some additional benefit to taking them longer. The side effects vary by person and by the particular aromatase inhibitor prescribed.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Scouser, radiation that is swallowed is most often used in thyroid cancer, like I-131. For the breast you can get external or internal radiation and internal can be delivered in different ways like via a balloon called MammoSite. Best of luck to you, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      Thyroid Cancer is treated by Radioactive Iodine which is delivered via a small vial of water that tastes kind of odd. This treatment is possible because thyroid cells suck up iodine - The main issue with this delivery is the damage to the saliva glands. There are also the pellets and seeds used for direct delivery of radiation which has been in greater use over the years for different cancers. These are implanted where they will do the most good but have been for long term slow release treatment (but the use has been getting more effective over the years). It is amazing how much radiation treatments have changed, it gets easier but everyone has different needs. - Take care, Tracy

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      No radiation does not cause weight gain, it did cause extreme exhaustion, at least for me. Some breast cancer patients are treated by implanting small doses of radiation in a pellet via a tube directly to the site in question.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      one last thing, if you take radiation due to thyroid cancer, you may gain weight until they find the right amount of synthyroid to replace what your body would normally produce.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      Are you taking any steroids? My father was given a steroid while undergoing treatment for lung cancer, including radiation. He put on weight because of the steroids.

      almost 4 years ago

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