Doctors have safely and successfully used Radiation therapy to cure cancer for more than 100 years.
Having radiation treatment significantly raises the risk of contracting a second cancer. But for many patients, radiation treatment kills the current cancer. That advantage is better than the slight chance that the procedure will cause a new cancer.
During external-beam radiation therapy, the patient does not become radioactive. Yet the cancer remains in the recovery room.
Nevertheless, internal radiation treatment allows the patient to give off radiation. As a result, visitors should follow these safety measures:
Permanent implants remain radioactive after the patient leaves the hospital. Because of this, the patient should not have close or more than 5 minutes of contact with children or pregnant women for 2 months.
Similarly, people who have had systemic Radiation therapy should use safety precautions. For the first few days after diagnosis, take these precautions: