Radiation oncology is the process of using high energy rays to destroy the cancerous and non-cancerous tumours of the body. Apart from chemotherapy and surgical oncology, radiation oncology is the third medical procedure that is used for the treatment of cancer.
Many people are afraid of radiation oncology because there are many false notions that linger around the procedure. In the year 2013-2014, there were 47,700 procedures of radiation therapy were carried out in more than 50 healthcare facilities across the country, this number clearly suggests that it is rather a safe medical procedure very crucial for many patients.
The following are some facts regarding radiation therapy in terms of cancer treatment that should be known by everyone so that they can’t be duped with the wrong information regarding this important medical procedure.
Let’s start with the proper definition of this procedure; Radiation oncology uses radiation to treat cancer. The part of the body that contain cancerous tumour is subjected to the high energy electromagnetic beam which result in the destruction of cancerous tumour.
A Painless Procedure
‘Radiation oncology is a procedure that causes pain’ is a widespread myth regarding the procedure. People who are subjected to radiation therapy don’t feel any pain, the overall procedure is painless and there are no burning sensations during the treatment. There might be some discomfort and distress that a patient can feel during the treatment but this is a subjective feeling because this is not reported by every patient that undergoes the treatment.
It Does Not Make You Radioactive
Many people believe that radiation therapy continue for a considerable time and therefore it makes patients radioactive which means they can affect others around them with the radioactive rays. This is not entirely true because the therapy type that is given mostly to cancer patients is of external nature and that does not make the patients radioactive. This fact has been distorted due to lack of knowledge regarding the procedure.
It Will Not Make You Lose Your Hair
You will only lose hair if your head is subjected to the radiations otherwise you will not lose your hairs if any other body party is being exposed to the radiations.
You Can Continue With Your Daily Routine
Like dialysis or other lengthy medical treatments, the treatment of radiation oncology doesn’t consume a lot of time form your daily schedules and if in most instances patients continue with their daily routines.
It Can Be Used After Surgical Oncology
For cancer treatment every patient is treated differently according to the condition of the cancerous tumour they have. Therefore, in several cases radiation oncology is used after the surgical removal of the tumour in order to make sure that there is no remaining cancerous cell on the site of the tumour.