X-ray Irradiation – Further information
The x-ray radiation therapy, also referred to as radiotherapy for benign diseases, has been used for more than 100 years for the treatment of various conditions. The area to be treated is exposed to low-dose X-ray radiation, whereby various processes in the diseased tissue are set in motion. Although its mode of action has not been fully elucidated, it is believed that, among other things, it increases circulation and inhibits the activity of immune cells, which play an important role in inflammation, and fibroblasts, which are responsible for the formation of scars. Although this does not correct the anatomical changes that led to the pain, it does have a positive effect on the inflammatory side effects.In some cases of skin cancer, pre-cancerous conditions and chronic skin conditions it has proved very successful.
Radiotherapy is useful for the treatment of chronic pain due to signs of wear ( arthritis ) and joint inflammation. Softray is also getting fantastic results in skin cancer patients and for those suffering from chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Radiotherapy is a painless procedure that is particularly useful in patients who need an alternative to drug therapies or surgery. Compared with the possible side effects of pain medications, the adverse effects of orthovoltotherapy are relatively harmless. Skin cancers, pre cancerous conditions and chronic skin conditions can be treated successfully in many cases with radiotherapy alone.
X-ray treatments are usually administered by radiographers under the supervision of your doctor.The treatments are often performed at specialised clinics with an interdisciplinary team with specialists in other fields (eg orthopedists, rheumatologist, oncologists) based on medical history, the complaints and the condition of the patient. When planning the treatment, specialists in X-ray irradiation are supported by medical physicists.
Radiation therapy is safely and effectively used to treat many different types of tumours, both cancerous and benign (non-cancerous). It is also effective in treating pain caused by inflammation.
After your specialist determines your condition and the area to be irradiated, the radiation dose and the frequency of treatment will be confirmed. During the brief, painless treatment, the patient needs to stay still and the beam is directed at the area to be treated. The radiotherapy is usually repeated several times within about two to four weeks. In certain cases the treatment must be carried out again after one year.
Side effects, if any, are cumulative, which means they develop over the course of treatment and will depend on the dose and number of treatments required. They can be minor or severe, depending on the size and location of the tumour, your general medical condition, and the treatment applied. Two of the most common side effects are irritation or damage to the skin near the treatment site, and fatigue. To learn about side effects that are specific to the treatment of your type of cancer, consult with your doctor. For pain management, often only one dose is required for long term relief.
Designating a clinic as the “best clinic” or “top clinic” for x-ray radiation depends a lot on where you are based. There are doctors and clinics that specialise in pain relief from inflammation of the joints and have great experience, others are working with skin cancer and pre-cancerous skin conditions with great results. Softray is currently the leader in Switzerland and plans to open in Asia in the coming year.
Radiation kills cancer cells by damaging their DNA, the molecules containing genetic information, which destroys their ability to divide and reproduce. Radiation also kills normal cells, but cancer cells grow and divide more quickly than normal ones and as a result are more susceptible to the damage from radiation. In addition, normal cells are better able than cancer cells to repairs themselves and recover from the effects of radiation. This is one reason why radiation treatment sessions are given over the course of several weeks, which gives the normal cells a chance to repair themselves during the time between sessions. This process is called fractionation because the total radiation dose is divided into fractions which are given a treatment at a time and which accumulate over time. In addition, the doctor is able to shape the radiation beam to match the size and location of the tumour while minimising dose to the healthy tissue surrounding it.
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