Progressive Evaluation of Radiotherapy

Progressive Evaluation of Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy, or radiation therapy, is often used in conjunction with other lines of treatment such as surgery, and chemotherapy in patients detected with malignancy. So, patients who are advised radiotherapy are treated under a multidisciplinary team of doctors and medical professionals. Dr. Amish Dalal reviews the patient’s medical condition and, if necessary, recommends radiotherapy.  radiotherapy sessions last about 15 to 30 minutes and have been known to bring about relief in up to 40% of patients followed by alleviation of pain in the bones. It is also known to control other common symptoms of the disease, like bleeding from the lungs and the bladder.

Radiotherapy costs about 6% of each health dollar spent fighting cancer. As pointed out by Doctor Amish Dalal, the effectiveness of radiotherapy depends on the location in the body that has been affected. Cancers affecting the skin, neck, head, breast, prostrate, thyroid, anus, and cervix are believed to respond well with radiotherapy. Dr. Dalal, along with his team of medical practitioners, assesses the affected area and recommends the next course of treatment accordingly.

Doctor Amish Dalal and the multidisciplinary team take into account the lifetime dose limits of radiation that should be administered to every individual. There is a limit to the amount of radiation that can be administered to the area of malignancy, while attempting to shield the unaffected zones. Radiotherapy may not be advised in instances where either the patient is suffering from a different type of cancer or has already received the lifetime allowable dose of radiation.

Dr. Amish Dalal asserts that its low cost makes it a viable option for most of the eligible patients. Dr. Amish, goes on to opine that Radiotherapy serves as an important cog in the wheel of the comprehensive management of the disease.

Here are some of the benefits of radiotherapy according to Doctor Amish Dalal, that make it a worthy contender in the treatment for cancer:

  1. Radiotherapy enables targeting the specific area that has been diagnosed with cancer with a certain level of precision, unlike chemotherapy. As explained by the National Cancer Institute, this makes it possible for the cancer cells to be reduced in number, with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues and organs. Dr. Dalal refers patients to a radiotherapy lab after a thorough check-up of the affected area, and assessing the modality of the treatment.

 

  1. As radiotherapy does not require the patient to be hospitalised, it reduces the cost of the overall treatment. After radiotherapy, the patient can return to his normal lifestyle immediately.

 

  1. A combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy reduces the chances of an early recurrence after surgery. Depending on several factors, radiotherapy is also known to shrink tumours, making them potentially inoperable and not warranting surgery. Dr. Amish V Dalal, a leading Surgical Oncologist with an experience of over 30 years, and his team of medical experts have successfully treated countless patients who have received radiotherapy.

Patients diagnosed with cancer can book an appointment with Amish Dalal at Jaslok Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Bhatia General Hospital, Saifee Hospital or Parsee General Hospital.

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