People who have to deal with cancer often touches on the problem of complications after irradiation.
Under the influence of radiation damage is, first and foremost, blood vessels and connective tissue. After irradiation can also experience additional symptoms that may occur at the same time, these include among others. fatigue, general weakness, reduce the natural resistance of the organism, anorexia, depression, changes in activity in the blood (reduction in the number of white blood cells and platelets), skin reactions, redness, hair loss on the scalp irradiated, only in the case of brain tumors, mucosal reactions in the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, nasal cavities when irradiated tumors of the head and neck, skin reactions, respiratory and heart (late) in the irradiated organ chest, skin reactions and entero-bullous when irradiated with a range of reactions and belly of the rectum, the vagina, the vulva with pelvic irradiated.
In some cases, especially when irradiated is the thorax may cause damage to the heart muscle, especially when applied to high doses of radiation for cancer of the lungs, lymph nodes in the mediastinum, covering the area between the lungs in close to the heart.
It was found that radiotherapy is an carcinogen factor and can affect the incidence of blood cancers (such as leukemia), or other organs (carcinoma of the breast, salivary glands, thyroid, colon, stomach, liver, lung, ovarian and skin). For this type of cancer may occur even after you apply small doses of ionizing radiation. The time from exposure to reveal a tumor is, on average, 20 years old, while in the case of leukemia can be half as long. Another late complication of keratoses are secondary tumors (e.g. cancer of the rectum, bladder, endometrial, bones sarcomas). Secondary tumors occur in tissues and organs, in which the radiation dose was high. A common complication of radiotherapy is also uncontrolled growth of connective tissue and fibrosis for example. the walls of the intestine or bladder, causing deterioration of function occupied organs. To the late complications of radiation-induced effect should also be teratogenic in the wake of the exposure of the fetus even at very low doses of ionizing radiation.
At the time of irradiation in the most visible way suffers from skin. Skin reactions reach their apogee last week exposure and during the first week after completion of radiotherapy. You should also know that you can partially protect against chemotherapy and radiation therapy natural preparations. Such a sentence is Prof. Iwona Wawer of the Cathedral and the establishment of physical chemistry of the Department of Industry that the WUM conducts research on properties of antioxidant plants as a means to assist radiation sickness .It is known that damage to keratoses and early stages of radiation sickness is accompanied by formation of a cascade of free radical and they just act destructively on vital functions and structure of the cell. And so, in the protection should be effective compounds of scavenging radicals and strong antioxidants. Many scientific centres looking for substances that protect cells from radiation. Taxifolin is an alternative for the weaker antioxidants (vitamins A and E) recommended during and after the application of radiation because it has a high chemical stability with special properties of biological and pharmacological tests.
Taxifolin has been identified as a potent antioxidant and safe natural remedy. In this connection it has been placed on the market for about 15-20 years ago in the form of dietary supplements in Russia and the United States. When using taxifolin, it was found that inhibits both neutrophils and mast cell activation, two major events involved in the inflamed process. This has the property of stimulating microcirculation and acts as an obstacle to the inflammation caused by bacteria and fungi.
Taxifolin decreases vascular lesions and normalizes vascular permeability. Protecting the skin after radiation therapy is very important not only because of the aesthetic aspect but also due to the exposure of chronic bacterial infections. In view of the fact that the complications after radiotherapy are divided into early and late (early complications of acute occur during treatment and for 3 months after its completion and the complications of late from a few months to a few years) Taxifolin should be taken at least for a period of 2 months and in the case of the strong effects of radiation even 4 months.
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