The Good Side of Radiation for Use in Medical Treatments

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Radiation cannot be put into a bad corner with warning signs above it and shunning its use forever. Like everything, radiation too has its good and bad. Unfortunately, most of us choose to remember only the bad that happened in Chernobyl all those years ago.

Not that we disagree with the rules, and we equally mourn the disaster that happened, but we refuse to let that event alone classify radiation as one of the most harmful and destructive things that science could give us. We strongly believe that the correct amount of radiation can be used for the treatment of various medical conditions. Just like the Energy Science Organization says, a little bit is good for you.

Let’s see how:

  • Brachytherapy:

Brachytherapy is a treatment conducted using low-energy radioactive metals with a short range to disrupt the cancer cells in the body. This form of treatment is conducted by radiation therapy experts . In other methods, a high radioactive material is lodged temporarily near the tissues affected by cancerous cells and then alter removed when it has effectively eliminated those cells.

In other forms of brachytherapy and in more complicated medical conditions, seeds with less radioactivity are left permanently in the body. Once these seeds kill the cancer cells, the amount of radiation in them automatically reduces to zero. Hence, it never does anything else other than what it was meant for.

Experts today have come up with every sort of method to use radioactive radiations for the treatment of fatal cancer cells in the patients’ body. From radioactive wires to seeds, they all are used in the best interest of the patients. Moreover, these treatments using radioactive have
very low risks involved so that the people close to the patient are safe from the radiation.

As far as workers are concerned, they have to use shields to protect themselves from frequent exposure.    

Palliative Treatment:

Living for a long time and getting cured is not the choice most cancer patients are left with. In these times, they only ask for one thing: reduction in pain. Palliative treatments are given to cancer patients using radiations in order to shrink their brain tumours that often reach there due to cancer cells in other parts of the body. These types of treatment are also given using radiation in order to shrink the tumour formed on the spine or one that begins to grow within a bone and cause lots of pain. Most painful are the tumours that take hold of the oesophagus and render the patients unable to eat, drink, and often leaves them in pain even when they try to talk.

In addition to these, there are loads of other ways in which these therapies are used for giving medical treatments to the patients who are suffering from the worst and most painful diseases.

Sources:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/158513.php

https://hps.org/hpspublications/articles/Benefitsofmedradexposures.html

https://www.omicsonline.org/nuclear-medicine-radiation-therapy.php

http://patient.varian.com/us/radiation-therapy/benefits-of-radiation-therapy

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/types/radiation-therapy/radiation-fact-sheet

May Capobianco