• Is radiation next?

    Asked by cbare1202 on Friday, September 12, 2014

    Is radiation next?

    The doctors froze her stem cells. And then tells her that the tumor needs to shrink, a lot, before the stem cells can be put back. Will the next step be radiation to shrink the tumor? Is radiation a more "direct" type of chemo? Like the radiation can zero in on the tumor mass to shrink it? Or am I totally off? Please share any experiences.......

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      LiveWithCancer

      I am no expert, to say the least. Radiation isn't chemo. It is energy that is pinpointed on the tumors and, in my way of thinking, burns them to oblivion. (Someone more knowledgeable may blow my idea out of the water!) Chemo is a chemical (or cocktail of chemicals) that poison your body ... and hopefully kill cancer cells at the same time as damaging good cells. NOW, there is targeted therapy that only goes after malignant cells and immunotherapy that builds up your own immune system to fight against the malignant cells.

      about 5 years ago

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