• Is radiation only used for certain types and/or location of tumors? My Dr has not mentioned radiation.

    Asked by Beverly on Saturday, December 17, 2011

    Is radiation only used for certain types and/or location of tumors? My Dr has not mentioned radiation.

    My abdomenal tumor surrounds part of the IVC and right ureter

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    • shauna0915's Avatar

      Yes, based on what I've read and what I experienced with my dad during his cancer treatment, it depends on the type, location and severity of the cancer (stage, mets, etc.). It is best to ask your oncologist though.

      I would suggest keeping a notebook and pen handy so you can write down questions as you think of them and take it to the doctor with you and write down his/her answers so you have them to refer back to. It is easy for doctors to get wrapped up in the physical and checkup part of visits and their busy schedule that they often times rush through appointments, thus causing patients to forget half of what they wanted to ask. I know it helped us when I took my dad to the doctor. Encourage your family to write their questions or observations of your condition in the book as well. They may see something or think of something that you don't.

      Wishing you all the best.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Chris' Avatar

      I have been told that the type of cancer we have - radiation will not work since it is in all of our lymphs.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Chris' Avatar

      Our cancer is a blood cancer :(

      almost 5 years ago
    • Amy's Avatar

      I had NHL. Most of the people I know with my sub-type had it. I did not. My onc didn't recommend it because my disease had spread. I think it may depend on the type of NHL you have. Don't hesitate to get a second opinion. Maybe someone with your type will chime in.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Alya219's Avatar

      I also had NHL and had a very large tumor on my spine 15 cm. And although it was quite large and was causing neurological side effects my oncologist believed chemotherapy would "take care" of the tumor and as it turns out it did. I also had lymphoma spread in other spots of my body but the tumor was the main focus at the time. So it is a case by case basis.

      almost 5 years ago

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