Radiation therapy is highly effective at targeting cancer cells, but in rare cases, it can damage normal tissues. Mercy cancer specialists can effectively diagnose and treat this condition, helping those affected find relief.
When permanent cell damage is caused by radiation therapy, it’s called radiation necrosis (sometimes referred to as radionecrosis or osteoradionecrosis). Radiation injury to tissues can develop months or even years after cancer treatment, often at the tumor site. Radiation necrosis makes it hard for the body to build new tissue, fight infection and heal skin.
Thanks to today’s targeted radiation therapies and innovative imaging technologies, there’s less risk of radiation necrosis.
Several options are available to successfully treat radionecrosis, including:
Radiation necrosis is a rare but serious side effect of radiation therapy. Mercy has the expertise to detect and treat this condition, so you can live healthier after cancer treatment.
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive services to diagnose and treat a full range of conditions, including:
At Mercy, we offer comprehensive testing services to diagnose conditions and injuries, including:
At Mercy, we offer compassionate care for a variety of treatment services, including: