Radiation Necrosis Treatment


In some cases, radiation therapy can leave behind damaged body tissue. Or in the months or years following radiation treatment, a mass of dead (necrotic) tissue might form at the site of the tumor. This tissue is called radiation necrosis.

If this occurs, your body may not be able to build new tissue, fight infection or heal the skin.

Several treatment options may be used to address this condition successfully.

  • Surgery may be used to remove the necrotic tissue.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen treatment involves the breathing of pure oxygen. As radiation-damaged tissue has lost blood supply and is oxygen-deprived, this therapy lets your blood carry pure oxygen throughout your body to support the healing process.
  • Corticosteroid drugs, or steroids, may help to control the unwanted tissue growth.
  • Anticoagulants, such as warfarin or heparin, can help to slow the accumulation of necrotic tissue.

Mercy doctors and cancer specialists are skilled in using all of these types of radiation necrosis therapy. Because we have experience with cases like yours, we’re able to discuss the risks and benefits of each treatment option and make sure you understand your choices.

Together, we’ll decide on the treatment plan that works best for you.

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