Damage and Side Effects of Radiation Therapy
Radiation is delivered using machines, called accelerators, or by using radioactive sources that are placed in your body, temporarily or permanently.
The idea behind radiation is that by damaging the cancer cell’s DNA, it will cause enough damage that it can’t be repaired, which causes the cancer cells to die.
While this idea is good in theory, it also damages the healthy cells around the cancer cells causing serious long-term damage.
Short-term damage is caused by the radiation itself and will also be discussed below.
I mentioned at the beginning that radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation, but just how much is being used? Well, your average x-ray, like if you break your arm, uses about 120,000 electron volts to produce that x-ray.
In comparison, radiation therapy that is used for cancer patients produces about 6,000,000 (6 million) electron volts and can go as high as 20,000,000 (20 million) electron volts.
In other words, you’re receiving 50-166 X more radiation when you’re sick with cancer.
What does this amount of radiation do to your body?
General Short-Term Damage and Side Effects of Radiation Therapy
- Damage to skin causing skin problems, such as:
Short-Term Damage and Side Effects of Radiation Therapy to the Specific Areas that Radiation is being Directed
- Dry mouth
- Sores in the mouth and gum area
- Tooth decay
- Trouble swallowing
- Jaw stiffness
- Trouble swallowing
- Breathing difficulties
- Cough, fever
- Radiation pneumonitis which is the acute manifestation of Radiation-Induced Lung Disease (RILD) – if left untreated, can cause radiation fibrosis (below)
- Radiation fibrosis (scarring on the lungs that is permanent from untreated radiation pneumonitis)
- Breast/nipple pain and soreness
- Rectal bleeding and diarrhea
- Urinary and/or Fecal Incontinence
- Urinary incontinence is the involuntary leakage of urine
- Fecal incontinence is the inability to control your bowel movements, causing stool to leak from your rectum unexpectedly
- Fertility Issues for Men:
- Impotence and other sexual problems
- Lowered sperm counts and reduced sperm activity
- Fertility Issues for Women:
- Changes in menstruation
- Symptoms of menopause such as:
- Vaginal itching
Long-Term Damage and Side Effects of Radiation Therapy
- Damage to the heart and lungs from radiation to the chest.
- Because of the short-term damage to sexual organs, the ability to get pregnant or father a child may be lost
- Fluid build-up and swelling in parts of the body (called lymphedema)
- Secondary cancer, especially
- Multiple Myeloma
- Thyroid Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
Chemotherapy causes many of the same side effects as radiation therapy. So if you are doing both, you’re probably feeling worse than if you were just doing one or the other.
Read about the damage chemotherapy causes here:
The main problem (in my opinion) with radiation therapy is that it causes cancer. Maybe it’s just me, but it doesn’t make too much sense to fight cancer with something that causes cancer; however, many chemotherapy drugs do the same thing (which you can read about in my article, Is Your Chemotherapy Actually Causing Cancer?)
From Cancer.org (the American Cancer Society), “X-rays and gamma rays are known human carcinogens (cancer-causing agents). The evidence for this comes from many different sources, including studies of atomic bomb survivors in Japan, people exposed during the Chernobyl nuclear accident, people treated with high doses of radiation for cancer and other conditions, and people exposed to high levels of radiation at work, such as uranium miners.” 
Studies have found that people who are exposed to radiation are at an increased risk of developing multiple myeloma, leukemia, thyroid cancer, as well as bladder, breast, lung, and ovarian cancer.
This is why most people who have radiation treatments get secondary cancers.
Couple that with the fact that many chemotherapy drugs do the same thing, and it’s no mystery that most people who treat their cancer with conventional treatments, get a second cancer years later, or their cancer never truly goes away.
Then the second cancer is more resistant but treated again with chemo and radiation. You are ‘cancer-free’, then it comes back again years later and the process continues. ($$$)
But there is hope. Chemotherapy and radiation are not the only options for cancer patients, contrary to Big Pharma’s belief (and goal). In fact, here are over 100 people who have cured their cancer naturally!
For more success stories and additional information, I recommend ChrisBeatCancer.com and The Truth about Cancer (you can also click on the picture below to watch the first two episodes of this AMAZING documentary from The Truth about Cancer for FREE).
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