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Radiation again
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:04:23 AM »
I just found out my pet/ct had higher dose
radiation then I was originally told 29 msv
I've had significant imaging from jun to nov.
Have burning all night in my chest afraid of cancer
which I've learned can be induced by pet/ct
or any high rad image. I'm really afraid and hurting.
Really feel this could be it for me & my family. I think it is possible
to get cancer from August pet/ct.
please help dr says theoretically yes and can't find cancer
yet but I hurt a lot feel really really bad.
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 09:28:34 AM »
I have been told that radiation may affect one person, but not another.
If you have a strong immune system and genetics on your side, you should be OK.
Why do some people get cancer or drop dead of a heart attack and they are health
nuts; who knows. Why do some people who are gigantic and are in terrible shape live to
a ripe old age; who knows. I have a client of mine who is a cardiologist and nephrologist who said there
are 2 keys to longevity; heredity and more so luck. I would not worry.
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2014, 09:35:35 AM »
thank you
I don't feel very lucky :(
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2014, 09:44:01 AM »
I feel unlucky myself sometimes. For example, my mother passed away in 2012, then my father, uncle and a
pet passed away in 2013. In 2014, I lost a client through a merger that provided me with 10-15% of my small company's revenue,
then I was supposed to go on vacation. got sick with an infection, could not go and lost my families plane fare as I did not cancel soon enough.
Talk about luck.

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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2014, 12:44:41 PM »
im sorry marc
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2014, 12:38:45 PM »
If these scans would cause a mutation that would cause cancer...and this is a very very big IF....we are talking less than a precent here.... it would bot happen so fast.  Radiation induced cancers first show up years and years, decades, after this kind of radiation radiation takes place.  Even the pioneers that invented x-ray treatments and worked with x-rays without any form of protection (getting hit by x-rays all day-every day) lived for decades before dying of cancer.  And the dosis you got was just a drop in the ocean compared to what they got.  Relax, those scans would never be used if they were as harmful as you think.  Ofcourse they are not good for you but its not lethal:)
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2014, 01:22:52 PM »
thanks am still feeling it's inevitable I will get it
and before I had exam I had no risks .. I'm going to
counseling it is just hard to accept and I have small kids.
has affected our quality of life. I believe my total dose is
the mean hiroshima about 40 msv. Dr says it's bad but I've got
to find a way to get through it.
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2014, 02:28:43 PM »
You also cant compare the radiation from a ct-scan with the radiation from an atomic bomb.  These are two very different kind of radiation and the radiation from an atomic bomb is a lot more harmful.  There is a huge difference from x-rays and nuclear radiation...and there is even a huge difference between nuclear one nuclear radiation to another.  The tracers used in PET scans are a lot less harmful than others (it has to do with the size of particals and the damages these different sizes can do to DNA.  So dont get hung up on the dosis (Sv)
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2014, 02:48:29 PM »
here is something to put this in perspective "Rough estimates of the radiation doses received by those who died of radiation exposure were made, and analyzed. It was discovered that doses in excess of 100 REM (1 Sievert) inflicted over relatively short periods of time caused about a tenth of a percent of those exposed to die of a variety of radiation-related reasons, including cancer."      0,1% of the people that received over 1 Sv over a short period of time died from radiation-related reasons.  1 Sv is a 1000 mSv.   You only had a very small fraction af that:) http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/radiation-the-no-safe-level-myth.html

also: "the data corroborates the general rule that even if someone is exposed to a barely survivable whole-body radiation dose, the solid cancer risk will not be more than five times greater than the risk of an unexposed individual. " this applies for people that recieved a dose high anough to almost kill them instantly...you had a dose you could not even feel you were recieving....
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2014, 03:08:22 PM »
thanks I'll read the links.
I'll try to balance it with info on
New England journal of medicine &
ncbi. I've increased my risk for sure,
but whether something will come of
it and when... no one knows.
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2014, 04:21:17 PM »
sure you have increased your risk....no question about it....but you have increased it only a tiny bit:)  watch out when you are reading articles about the subject, you can find both articles that minimise the risk and articles that scare the crap out of you.  Good luck with this and stay calm:)
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2014, 10:24:29 PM »
eddarun thank you so much your replies have helped.
have you had any cts? trying to stay calm - started taking benadryl at bedtime per my very good new dr. :)
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2014, 02:21:38 AM »
No prob.  And yes I have had a whole body CT scan.  I was so terrified I cancelled my scsn the first time around...ended up having it a couple of weeks later....because my lymphoma fear was stronger than my radiation fear.  After I started working with radiation I am much more relaxed and never thing about the CT scan I got last year:)
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Re: Radiation again
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2014, 03:06:09 AM »
So as you know im dealing with the same radiation fear as you.ithas to be one of the worst out obsessions ive h ad ever. So i find littke bits of comfort and go back and forth. But here's the thing we have to remember, we may get cancer anyway...from somethingelse. For example ,my 34 year old friend was recently ddiagnosed with stage 2breast cancer.she has been a health nut,never smokes or drinks, exercises,and eats well.she did nothing and has never had scans. Sad huh. And how does this make me feel better?Well,it doesn't exactly but....im reminded that as of this moment im somewhat in control and currently have a clean bill of health.  So i can just try to mske good health choices from here on and pray everyday that i stay healthy. But really wejust can't control fate or genetics so let's just say F it and F radiation And F those  Drs That did this to us. Lets live for now and try to beat fate and eat well and treat our bodies better:-D
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