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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Traditionally external radiation for treating endometrial cancer was given with four-field technique. That is radiation beams were directed from anterior, posterior, right and left lateral sides. This technique did not spare any of organs within pelvis. With the invention of CAT scans, three-dimensional radiation therapy was developed. This technology was a CT-based treatment planning system Continue Reading

Long-term side effects of radiation for endometrial cancer are generally due to radiation to the other organs inside the pelvis. These include the bowel, the bladder, and the vagina. Radiation to the bowel can cause chronic diarrhea, bowel obstruction and fistula formation. A fistula is an abnormal connection or passageway between two organs that normally Continue Reading

Endometrial cancer is primarily treated with surgery unless, for medical reasons, patient can not undergo surgery. If based on surgical specimen the pathologist determines that the disease was early stage, patient may not need any additional treatment. The least amount of treatment needed would be addition of so called “internal radiation” or brachytherapy aka “vaginal Continue Reading

What would determine the target of radiation therapy after a mastectomy depends on the pathological findings at the time of mastectomy if patient has not received any chemotherapy prior to her mastectomy and the clinical findings prior to the mastectomy if patient has received chemotherapy prior to the mastectomy. The clinical findings prior to the Continue Reading

How long after a lumpectomy would radiation therapy begin depends on whether chemotherapy has been recommended or not. That is because generally speaking in the sequence of treatments, chemotherapy comes before radiation. But regardless of whether it is chemotherapy or radiation, the factor determining the beginning of next treatment is how well the incision of Continue Reading

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