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Known Advantages And Disadvantages Of Radiation Oncology

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“Radiation oncology treatment”

Radiation oncology refers to the use of controlled high energy radiation doses to kill cancer cells in the body. Experts analyse the patients before they can ascertain the required amount of high energy radiation to administer. Over the years, the treatment method has grown to become one of the best ways to treat cancer. Not shocking, it has continued to attract scores of cancer patients around the world. Today, thousands of cancer patients around the world are undergoing radiation oncology treatment procedures for purposes of keeping their cancer cells under control.


“Cancer treatment procedures”

A good number of cancer treatment procedures are associated with both highs and lows. Thus patients of cancer seeking to undergo a specific treatment procedure are supposed to learn more about it before they can proceed to go for it. This also applies to radiation oncology. Although it is one of the world’s most recommended cancer treatment method, it is also associated with certain shortcomings that cancer patients are supposed to be aware of. Here is a look at the pros and cons of using radiation oncology for the treatment of cancer.

Pros

Possibility Of Instantly Killing Cancer Cells


“Possibility Of Instantly
Killing Cancer Cells”

It is one of the few forms of treating cancer that are able to kill cancer cells instantly. Even though this may not always be possible, it can take place depending on the dosage of radiation that has been administered. Doctors often study the state of the cancer before they can recommend the use of the therapy to determine the actual dosage of radiation to administer. Therefore, killing the cells instantly may or may not be registered.

Always Kills Cancer Cells In Its Wake


“Radiation oncology killing
cancer cells procedure”

The certainty of killing cancer cells following the administration of radiation therapy is always there. Based on the nature of the radiation, it is able to destroy a significant fraction of cancer cells. Some of the cells are destroyed instantly depending on the amount of radiation they have absorbed. On the other hand, some cells are destroyed over time. Those that die after some time usually do so without causing any harm to the body.

Is Often More Convenient Than Surgical Procedures


“Convenient surgical
procedure for cancer”

There is no cancer treatment procedure that is as convenient to undergo as radiation oncology. Other forms of treating cancer are usually tedious and often inconvenience patients to a significant extent. This applies to the surgical procedures and chemotherapy which are also associated with countless shortcomings. Radiation oncology involves being subjected to a radiation beams for a specific period of time. The radiation doses are calculated and thus safe to absorb. This is mainly what happens during the treatment procedure.

The Treatment Is Localised

During the treatment of cancer, not the entire host of body cells is exposed to radiation. Only certain body cells may be exposed to the radiation.

This is mainly because the radiation therapy is localised to the region of the body with cancer cells. The result is the destruction of cancer cells while leaving the healthy cells unscarred.

Cons

May Pose A Threat To Healthy Cells

It can pose a threat to healthy cells. The radiation is localised to the region of the body with cancerous cells. But, it often reaches the healthy cells and may cause them to be damaged in the process. This is often the case when the internal radiation and oral techniques are used.

May Lay A Foundation For Other Forms Of Cancer In Future

It can lead to other forms of cancer in the future. The cancer is often likely to develop after many years have elapsed.

May Cause Heart Problems


“Radiation oncology can cause
also for heart problems”

It is able to cause heart problems. Some experts have reported cases of heart conditions following exposure to radiation. The heart is merely one of the many organs that the therapy may affect following frequent cases of exposure to the radiation.

These are the major pros and cons of undergoing radiation therapy treatment. But, the method is still one of the most useful forms of cancer treatment. It is suitable for almost any cancer patient and may work in almost all cases. The therapy also exists in different forms making it suitable for almost all cancer patients.



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