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Neuropathy (Nerve Damage)
effect of cancer treatments
is it? What can be done for relief.
Radiology is defined as the use of
radiation and imaging technology to diagnose and treat
CT scans, X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, and bone
scans all fall into the category of radiology.
these types of radiology does not hurt the nerves,
however, it is believed by many physicians that CT scans can
cause nerve damage.
therapy, also called radiation oncology, or
radiotherapy and by the abbreviations XRT and
ionizing radiation which works by damaging the DNA of
exposed tissue leading to cellular death.
During cancer radiation
therapy, the machine is using high energy beams and the
body is exposed to high levels of radiation.
These high levels of radiation are meant to damage
cancer cells eventually destroying them -
unfortunately - both healthy and cancerous cells get
These radiation treatments can
nerves. The effects of this can be delayed for
many years. Radiation close to a nerve can
increase the chances of damage.
of Radiation Induced Nerve Damage
just the ends of nerves (the "periphery")
are affected, this is called peripheral neuropathy.
Damaged sensory nerves do not accurately
"sense" heat, cold, pressure, pain and body
position. When these nerve endings are
damaged, a burning sensation is often experienced.
motor nerves do not accurately tell muscles to
contract and move. This
is sometimes referred to as muscle/nerve damage.
In these situations, the motor nerve is damaged which
can lead to the muscles being weak or
non-responsive. It can make the
person off balance. Situations like
this can start a year after the treatment is
stopped. Inability to walk is often
The nerve damage from
radiation can cause facial drooping, loss of hearing,
erectile dysfunction, infertility, and pain as well as
mobility issues. It can also cause 'drop
foot'...a leg became weaker so that it can only lifted
and inch or so off the floor.
damage can happen anywhere in the body and the types
of problems will come from the nerves that are damaged.
can be done to get relief from nerve damage?
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