How long after chemo do you have radiotherapy?

Do you always have radiotherapy after chemotherapy?

If you are also having chemotherapy, radiotherapy is given after chemotherapy. Some women may have a very low risk of the cancer coming back in the breast after surgery. If this happens, your cancer doctor may talk to you about the possibility of not having radiotherapy.

Does radiation come after chemo?

Radiation generally starts after chemotherapy is done.

At what stage of cancer is radiotherapy used?

Radiotherapy may be used in the early stages of cancer or after it has started to spread. It can be used to: try to cure the cancer completely (curative radiotherapy) make other treatments more effective – for example, it can be combined with chemotherapy or used before surgery (neo-adjuvant radiotherapy)

Is radiotherapy worse than chemotherapy?

Since radiation therapy is focused on one area of your body, you may experience fewer side effects than with chemotherapy. However, it may still affect healthy cells in your body.

What happens if I refuse radiation treatment?

Patients who refuse recommended adjuvant radiation therapy have unacceptably high rates of local recurrence. Omission of radiation for advanced age alone is associated with local recurrence rates comparable to those for younger patients.

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How long does it take to feel better after radiation treatment?

The general effects of radiation therapy like fatigue, nausea, and headaches resolve fairly quickly after treatment. Your body just needs time to process the radiation but can recover within a few weeks.

How long does it take to heal after radiation therapy?

Most side effects generally go away within a few weeks to 2 months of finishing treatment. But some side effects may continue after treatment is over because it takes time for healthy cells to recover from the effects of radiation therapy. Late side effects can happen months or years after treatment.

What is the most common acute side effect of radiation treatment?

The most common early side effects are fatigue (feeling tired) and skin changes. Other early side effects usually are related to the area being treated, such as hair loss and mouth problems when radiation treatment is given to this area.

How long does it take radiation to shrink a tumor?

For tumors that divide slowly, the mass may shrink over a long, extended period after radiation stops. The median time for a prostate cancer to shrink is about 18 months (some quicker, some slower).