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Topic: Lower the effects of radiation / flush radiation out?

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During and After — What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2012 07:06PM

autumnsun wrote:

Yesterday, I received a CAT scan of my chest and abdomen. I'm in my 50s, and I've had two CAT scans in the past in the same area. I've also had excessive radiation exposure in my 20s when a Radiologist left the machine on for an extended time. I'm very concerned about getting new cancer from this CAT scan, since it's like getting 500 x-rays at once in addition to the radiation I've had in the past.

Since last night, I've taken the following meds...

Potassium Iodide
5g Fiber (soluble)
3g (37% Pectin) Grapefruit Pectin
20mg Resveratrol
Fish Oil - 675mg EPA, 450mg DHA
3000mg Spirulina
42mg Chlorophyll
1130mg Hawthorn Berries
5mg Melatonin
50mg Acai
125mg Green Tea
450mg Echinacea/Goldenseal Blend
GNC Womens Ultra Mega Active Multivitamin

I've also bought activated charcoal, and I'm planning to take that soon once the recent pills I've taken have had a chance to be absorbed.

My question is: what can I do to help flush out radiation I've received, repair damage to my body, prevent further damage, lessen the risk of cancer, etc... What can I do, take, eat, etc... that can help to lessen the negative effects of the radiation I've received? How long should I be taking them?

What meds/supplements/foods should I be taking and in what forms/doses?

What do they give to people who've been accidentally exposed to radiation?

I've done a ton of searches online, hence the wide variety I've taken, but I just don't know what is likely to work or what may be unnecessary or even counteract the effects of other things I'm taking.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much.

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Nov 10, 2012 08:04PM pamelahope wrote:

I just began radiotherapy and am eating tons of seaweed and drinking carrot juice. Pam

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Dx 5/16/2012, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIb, Grade 2, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Radiation Therapy ExternalChemotherapy 05/26/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxolSurgery 09/24/2012 Mastectomy (Both)Radiation Therapy 11/05/2012 ExternalHormonal Therapy 01/09/2013 FemaraHormonal Therapy 04/07/2014 Arimidex
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Nov 12, 2012 12:15PM BLinthedesert wrote:

It is a hard one ... in order for the radiation treatment to be effective you need to allow for a certain about of systematic "poisoning".  They don't like you to take any antioxidents or anything that will reduce the effectiveness of the radiation to kill multiplying cells in your treated breast. Note that I am only talking about "treatment" (e.g., radiotherapy) NOT diagnostic imaging. 

Autumnsun, you need to check with a radiologist to ensure that none of the supplements you have listed will interfere with the contrast that is used for your CT scan - it would be worse to have to redo the scan, or have the scan less-than-accurate, because of some weird interaction.  

Dx 3/15/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER-/PR-Surgery 04/20/2012 Lumpectomy (Right)Radiation Therapy 05/21/2012 External
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Nov 14, 2012 07:32AM melmcbee wrote:

As far as the cat scan contrast goes, none of the supplements will affect the contrast or the scan. Im a cat scan technologist. The only medicine that we normally stop is metformin.  That is stopped for 48 hours after the scan because it is hard on your kidneys and the iv contrast is filtered by the kidneys. Also just dont eat or drink anything before the scan except the oral contrast for about 4 hours.

Our machine is monitored for dose limits per scan. The regulating agencies are not playing about keeping the radiation dose down and every scan creates a dose report. If that dose is to high they have no problem shutting us down or causing a technologist to lose their job over it. Dose limits are set by weight and age. Also we as technologist are required by our facility to research how many scans a patient has had and how recent they were. We notify our radiologist and if it is too much they will suggest a different test to the ordering physician. I also heard that the ordering physicians are now being flagged for ordering too many studies. The regulating agencies arent playing anymore about dose limits and are holding everyone accountable.

Im so thankful that everyone is now on alert about radiation dose and possible effects. I hope this info is helpful to you. I start 37 radiation treatments soon and have worked in the field for 15 years and I am also concerned about my radiation exposure. Hugs to all.

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Dx 6/24/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 2, 8/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 07/09/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Surgery 08/09/2012 Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 08/23/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxotereRadiation Therapy 01/09/2013 ExternalHormonal Therapy 04/04/2013 ArimidexSurgery 05/30/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Surgery 12/04/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right)
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Nov 29, 2012 05:11AM spencebaby wrote:

I am currently researching hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). If you live in the uk, there are multiple sclerosis centres across the country who offer this service to people suffering from radiation necrosis, at a cost of around £10 per treatment (each centre varies on price).