Should Radiotherapy Be Done To Prevent The Tumor From Growing Back?

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Hello doctor, my brother has just performed a tumor removal operation in the chin area, and according to the doctor concerned, 30 times of radiotherapy are still needed, with the reason being that there is a 30% chance that a patient who does not undergo radiotherapy will cause the tumor to grow again, while only 10% is a tumor. grow again if you do 30x radiotherapy. Given the side effects of using radiotherapy, will it also affect the tongue, vocal cords or other important organs? and should it really be done? thanks.

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Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Radiotherapy is a treatment given to people who have cancer or certain malignancies, and although rarely, to those with thyroid gland disorders, blood disorders and non-cancerous growths or tumors. This procedure is performed with the help of powerful X-rays to stop the development of abnormal cells present in the body. Radiotherapy is an option because the cells are so small that they are invisible to the eye, and the surgical procedure cannot reach cells that may be spread out or in difficult places. These 'escaped' cells are not impossible in the future to grow into new abnormal growths.


In brief, among other reasons for radiotherapy are:

Relieve cancer symptoms
The only treatment for certain cancers
As a combination to completely destroy cancer cells
Stops the growth of cancer that is still there after surgery
Reducing the size of the cancer before surgery


Regarding the details about your brother, we cannot provide further information because there are so many types of cancer and tumors. Some tumors can become cancerous and require radiotherapy, some will not change and remain benign. Likewise regarding the number of times, this answer will be more able to be answered by the doctor who deals directly with your brother.


Regarding side effects, all medical actions have side effects without exception. In radiotherapy, side effects that can arise are:

Dry mouth
Saliva thickens
Sore throat
It's hard to swallow
Sprue
Nausea
Tooth decay


But of course, the majority of these side effects are temporary and when compared to the disadvantages of allowing the tumor to grow again, it is usually more detrimental if the tumor grows again. Again, it is your brother's right to decide. Your doctor only recommends it and if your sibling doesn't agree, then no problem.


But our advice, you should obey your doctor's recommendations, and still live a healthy lifestyle, think positive and try to stay active while you are undergoing the healing process. We wish you and your family good health.


That's all, hope it helps.


dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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