Delayed Radiation Injury Treatment in Greenville & Dallas, TX
Delayed Radiation Injury: Radiation therapy is generally used to treat cancer. Radiation therapy targets malignant tumors in the body and destroys cancer cells to prevent them from spreading.
While radiation therapy can be very effective in treating cancer, it may increase the risk of delayed radiation injuries. Individuals that undergo radiation therapy may suffer from delayed radiation injuries.
A delayed radiation injury doesn’t usually manifest immediately. A delayed radiation injury can occur anywhere from six months to more than 30 years after receiving radiation therapy.
Symptoms of delayed radiation injury can manifest long after receiving the radiation therapy.
When cancer patients receive radiation therapy, the radiation that kills the cancerous tumors can also damage healthy tissues. Large doses of radiation can reduce the production of blood cells, which could cause acute illness and damage the digestive tract. Blood vessels may also be harmed, leading to restricted blood flow. Regional blood flow can lead to wounds or injuries in soft tissue and bone. These injuries can occur months or several years after the radiation treatment.
Delayed radiation injuries are often invisible and unnoticed. You might look normal for an extended period while there are so many things wrong inside your body due to the radiation.
Without proper treatment, delayed radiation injury symptoms will get worse with time.