radiotherapy and babies

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Tuesday 11 December 2007 2.10pm
My friend's grand-daughter is coming over from Italy at Christmas, she is 5 months old, trouble is her nephew has had 30 sessions of radiotherapy..would this be ' stored' in his body? and could he safely hold the baby who he has not seen?

Any radiologist out there! I thought I would ask with the veritable mountain of occupations and knowledge on this forum!
Wednesday 12 December 2007 6.35pm
There are different types of radiotherapy, external and internal. External means the radiation comes from a machine, internal means radioactive implants or liquids.

External certainly does not make the patient radioactive at all, internal can emit a small amount of radiation, although that should be very local (ie only around the tumour), not least because no harm should come to the patient himself. If the implant emits beyond that, the patient's movement and visitors will be restricted.

In short: cuddle the baby as much as you like.
Thursday 13 December 2007 2.13pm
That will really cheer my friend up!

Thank you Katia...:-)

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