• Radiation

    Asked by Molly5 on Wednesday, October 9, 2019


    I received 7 weeks [mon-fri] of radiation for tonsil cancer last May 2018. I have been recently diagnosed with a skin cancer on my nose which they did a skin graft for. I was wondering if anyone thought that receiving radiation could cause the skin cancer?
    Thanks, Molly

    3 Answers from the Community

    • Jayne's Avatar

      Hi, Molly. I'm not sure about radiation but I've read that having chemo can induce a secondary cancer. I have experienced this with a malignant melanoma on my cheek following many years of chemo and radiation for colon cancer.

      8 months ago
    • Molly5's Avatar

      Thanks Jayne!
      I did receive 3 rounds of chemo at the same time.

      8 months ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      I was told that one treatment for one type of cancer can lead to other cancer diagnoses down the road. But of course they can't tell us for sure if we will, or what type, or really anything else. My first oncologist told me at my last check-up with him that I was in good shape now, but if cancer comes back for the third time that it would be "difficult to control". Thanks, Doc, great to hear!!

      I was diagnosed 18 years after that last check-up, who knows if it was related to the previous radiation and chemo?

      8 months ago

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