• Radio therapy after surgery is it really necessary?

    Asked by garcialatigo on Monday, April 8, 2013

    Radio therapy after surgery is it really necessary?

    Should I give some time to my body to rest and see what happens in the future before taking radio therapy now.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • CAS1's Avatar

      There is a short window of time after surgery that Dr's feel they can try and kill any left over circulating cancer cells in the body. This is why there are time frames in place for treatment cycles. I would trust my Dr. to know what these are for your type of cancer. talk to your Dr. about your concerns and perhaps they can explain the process time for you so you are comfiortable with the treatment plan.

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      The objective of post surgery treatment is to kill off any cancer cells that the surgery may have missed. Radio therapy is a targeted treatment that covers a small area thus if you wait and there are cells left, they might relocate to another part of your body making the radio therapy ineffective. In that case you would liklly have to have chemo which, to me at least, is much less fun. You probably want to ask your Drs why they think you should have the treatment now and they can explain thier reasoning to you. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      If you've already had chemo, you can take comfort in that radiation was MUCH easier to tolerate for most of us. :-)

      over 3 years ago

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