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Stroke patient requiring radiotherapy for cancer

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 29, 2007
  • 06:42 PM

Hi all,

Need some opinion/advise on risk factors for radiation therapy for an existing stroke patient.

My father had to undergo glossectomy for his tongue cancer, as well as removal of lymph nodes from his neck. As a part of the treatment, he was to undergo radiation therapy as well. However, just a few hours after his surgery he suffered a stroke(Ischemic) due to blockage in the right carotid artery. There is complete blockade in the right carotid artery and an infract has been diagnosed in the right side of the brain, leading to paralysis of the left limbs.

Now I am really worried about the pending radiation therapy, since it has been known to increase risk of stroke (especially if it is in the head and neck area). Can anybody point out specific things that we should be careful about as far as the radiotherapy is concerned. Any pointers to existing resources on the web will be equally usefull.

Thanks in Advance,

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