The Risks Of Radiation Exposure

by Sanders Price

What are the symptoms of radiation poisoning? The effects of radiation sickness are nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, Skin burns (redness, blistering) Weakness, fatigue, exhaustion, fainting, dehydration, inflammation of exposed areas, hair loss, genetic mutation, cancerous growth, ulceration of the oral mucosa, ulceration of the esophagus, stomach or intestines, vomiting blood, bloody stool, bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums, and rectum, bruising and sloughing of skin, open sores on the skin, and death.The effects of radiation sickness are nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, Skin burns (redness, blistering) Weakness, fatigue, exhaustion, fainting, dehydration, inflammation of exposed areas, hair loss, genetic mutation, cancerous growth, ulceration of the oral mucosa, ulceration of the esophagus, stomach or intestines, vomiting blood, bloody stool, bleeding from the nose, mouth, gums, and rectum, bruising and sloughing of skin, open sores on the skin, and death.Do not stay in the area of exposure, do not apply ointments to radiation burned areas, do not continue wearing contaminated clothes. SEEK EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREAMENT RIGHT AWAY!! Upon exposure, wash your body, and get rid of clothes.

Will radiation therapy make me nauseated? Radiation therapy effects only those areas being treated. If the patient is receiving radiation therapy to their abdomen then the patient may experience some nausea from their treatment. There are excellent medications available now that almost always allow good control of this nausea. Often times the doctor finds the nauseated radiation patient is nauseated from chemotherapy, other medications (most commonly pain medicines) or the flu and not the radiation treatment.

What is radiation and chemotherapy? Radiation and chemotherapy are two forms of treatment options used to treat various types of cancer, with or without surgical interventions. Radiation therapy is used for local control of the disease. It uses a directed and controlled beam of radiation to treat the tissue surrounding the surgical site to destroy and leftover cancer cells that may remain. Chemotherapy is used for distant disease control.Radiation poisoning is illness and symptoms resulting from exposure to high doses radiation.

What amount of radiation is safe? Safe means free from danger or risk. Safer means more nearly free from risk than something else. Safest means the most nearly free from risk than other things under discussion. Even the safest car is not safe (risk-free). And even the smallest exposure to ionizing radiation is not safe (risk-free), with respect to cancer and inherited afflictions. In other words, there is no “threshold” dose-level below which all cancer-risk from radiation disappears.

Q5) What other Federal Agencies are involved in radiation safety? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for issuing general radiation guidance to Federal Agencies. Additionally, basic information about radiation is available on the EPA web site ( The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has regulations on protecting workers from radiation in the workplace (Nearly all cancer patients receiving radiation therapy need to take special care of themselves to protect their health and help the treatment to be successful. Follow the eating and skin care tips already listed, and be sure to get plenty of rest. Sleep as often as you need to. Your body will use a lot of extra energy while you are receiving radiation treatment. In general, take extra special care of yourself during this tiring and stressful time.Your daily treatments will probably be scheduled Monday through Friday, allowing you to rest on weekends.

How often will I see my radiation oncologist? If Dr. John Gwozdz is your radiation oncologist, you will see him at least once a week during the course of your treatment so that he can see how well you are tolerating the therapy. Usually the visit will take only a few minutes. There is always a radiation doctor available anytime you need to see one. RETURN TO TOP OF PAGEMany patients have no side effects at all, but some patients do have side effects associated with the treatment area. Side effects vary from patient to patient and will depend mostly on the treatment dose, the part of the body that is treated and the patient’s general health before treatment. The most common side effects are modest fatigue and some skin redness in the treatment area.

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