Kidney Cancer Treatment and Radiation Therapy
the treatment of kidney cancer, there are a number of treatment options. Surgical procedures designed to remove
as much of the tumor is a viable option if the cancer is localized and can be reached and removed without
causing undue harm to the surrounding healthy kidney tissue. However kidney cancer radiation may also be used
alone or in conjunction with other types of treatment to improve the overall effectiveness. So let’s discuss
kidney cancer radiation and explain some of the benefits as well as drawbacks or expected side
radiation is a type of treatment which uses radiation to attack cancer cells. It may involve external radiation therapy in which a beam of radiation is
directed as precisely as possible to the area in the kidney which contains cancer cells. It may be possible to use an internal technique which involves the use of
radioactive pellets placed inside of the kidney very close to the cancer.
the goal is to the kill cancer cells as effectively as possible.
One of the kill considerations when it comes to radiation therapy is that while the radiation often does a good
job of killing cancer cells, it can also harm healthy tissue.
are designed to minimize the exposure of healthy tissue and apply the highest possible radiation dosage to the
cancer within the kidney. However it is important to note that
radiation therapy is not often used as a primary course of treatment. This is because most kidney cancers are not very sensitive to
radiation. But kidney radiation may be used in the case where a
patient is not a suitable candidate for surgery which is a common option.
radiation may be a good way to ease some of the symptoms of kidney cancer rather than try to cure
them. It can help with pain management and also help to slow down
the progression of the disease to other organs. This course of
treatment may be a suitable option for cases of advanced kidney cancer in which the cancer has spread and
affected other organs.
There are a
number of side effects from this type of therapy which should be mentioned. In many cases there can be changes to the skin where the radiation beam enters
the body. Some patients have also reported experiencing nausea,
diarrhea, and fatigue. In some cases a patient may lose his/her
hair. Keep in mind that many of side effects tend to go away once
treatment has stopped.
radiation therapy is applied, the typical application is to provide lower doses of radiation over a longer
period of time. This helps to minimize the damage to surrounding
tissue and reduce some side effects. Again as mentioned earlier, it
is difficult to apply beams of radiation only to the cancerous area and have no effect on healthy tissue
nearby. So these measured times and dosages help to enable the body
to heal and regenerate. In the long run, it helps to provide the
best results from this type of therapy.