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Radiation Fibrosis from Multiple Myeloma Therapy- Reduce, Prevent, Heal

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“Any tissue within the radiation field can experience radiation fibrosis including nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones, tendons, ligaments, heart or lungs.”

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Not every multiple myeloma (MM) patient who undergoes radiation therapy will get radiation fibrosis syndrome (RFS). But as Dr. Stubblefield concludes, “RFS is a common complication of radiation for certain types of cancer. 

The important thing for anyone who will undergo radiation therapy or who already has undergone radiation therapy is that there are many evidence-based therapies that can prevent, heal or slow the collateral damage caused by radiation therapy.

I am both a multiple myeloma survivor and MM cancer coach. I live with radiation fibrosis syndrome. I wish I knew then what I know now.

For information regarding therapies for radiation patients to prevent and possibly heal radiation damage,  scroll down the page, post a question or click on the cancer coaching button to the right to this post. I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you

David Emerson

  • Multiple Myeloma Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Cancer Coaching Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome- Evidence-based, Non-Conventional Therapies

Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome: What It Is and How to Treat It – 

“Unfortunately, normal cells are often affected by radiation in a variety of ways, especially over time. One of these changes is the abnormal production of the protein, fibrin, which accumulates in and damages the radiated tissue. This process is known as radiation fibrosis (RF)

Any tissue within the radiation field can be affected including nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones, tendons, ligaments, heart or lungs. The clinical manifestations (i.e., signs and symptoms) that result from RF are called radiation fibrosis syndrome (RFS). RF can occur a few weeks or months after radiation treatment and continues for the duration of a cancer survivor’s life…

The clinical complications of RFS vary greatly from patient to patient and depend upon a number of factors. These factors include the type and dose of radiation given, how the radiation was delivered (i.e., how many treatment sessions), and perhaps most importantly, the radiation field…

Radiation issues tend to worsen over time; the more time that has elapsed since treatment, the more likely a patient is to develop RFS…

It is impossible to cover all the potential complications resulting from radiation in a short article since literally every organ system in the body can be affected. If a large area of the body is affected, as in the case of HL survivors, then very significant side effects can result. The two most ominous late-term effects faced by many HL survivors treated with mantle and other types of radiation are a greatly elevated risk of secondary cancers and cardiac disease. Multiple cancers are seen including thyroid, breast and lung cancers as well as sarcomas. Cardiac disease not only includes accelerated atherosclerosis, but valvular heart disease, pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy, and arrhythmias. Close monitoring is recommended to help identify and manage problems early…

Physical therapy is highly individualized to the patient and involves normalizing body balance by stretching tight structures, strengthening weakened muscles, and retraining the body’s sensory organs to re-establish coordination…

RFS is a common complication of radiation for certain types of cancer. While there is no cure, there are treatments that can improve the function and quality of life for most patients….”

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