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Prostate Cancer

Radiation from a Patient Undergoing Radiation Therapy

08/06/2008

Question:

Does radiation treatment for prostate cancer induce any radioactivity in the patient? Is it safe to be near a person who is having radiation therapy (after treatment)?

Answer:

Radiation therapy does not make a person radioactive and thus they are not a risk factor to anyone else, period.

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Response by:

R Bruce  Bracken, MD R Bruce Bracken, MD
Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati