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Friday, December 05, 2008 junemary, Community Member, asks

Q: radiation and blood clots

I have had chemo and now radiation. I also had a blood clot which went to my lung and am now on a blood thinner. Does anyone know if radiation will interfere with the clot? Or make a new on appear?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
12/ 5/08 7:07pm

Hi June: I would think your oncologist would be very careful not to give you any treatment that would worsen the clot you have, or cause a new one. But since you seem concerned about this, I'd talk to the radiologist who's going to deliver your treatment, and make sure (s)he knows about the clot, and can assure you treatment won't worsen it. Good luck - PJH

Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
12/ 6/08 7:04am

My doctor told me that both cancer and surgery increase the risk of blood clots, so I'm sure your radiation oncologist is sensitive to the issue.  But as PJ mentions, it would be a good idea to remind him about the clot you've already had.  Also be sure to mention all medications you are taking, including the blood thinner when you go for your radiation.

LindaMcHugh, Community Member
10/ 1/12 8:51am

Are there any answers about radiating bllod clots ????


PJ Hamel, Health Guide
10/ 1/12 1:08pm

Linda, you really need to speak to your doctor about this. We're not doctors here; simply well-read breast cancer survivors. Your doctor is the only one qualified to look at all of your health issues together, and make a recommendation. Good luck - PJH

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By junemary, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/01/12, First Published: 12/05/08