Hello, Does anyone know How long after the last radiation treatment does it continue to work?
I have my last treatment on 9/13/13. I went to Chiropractor Saturday because of tarsal tunnel. He used a tool on the bottom of my foot to break up the 2 fibroma's and to attempt tp open up the tunnel of the tarsal. After inspecting my foot today I have two (2) new tiny nodules forming. One on each side of the original two. It appears that one of the original nodules have shrunk.
QUESTION: If this tool caused 2 new nodules to form will the last radiation I received Sept 13, 2013 work on those 2 new nodules?
I am sorry to hear that. I do know that nodules can form in response to injury to the foot, so Possibly that is what started it. I had no idea that radiation could last past the date of treatment so I hope tha is possible. Are you happy you did the radiation? I have one scheduled for next week.
Jolene:QUESTION: If this tool caused 2 new nodules to form will the last radiation I received Sept 13, 2013 work on those 2 new nodules?
Jolene, no, I don't think radiation therapy treats anything that doesn't exist at the time of the treatment. Basically the radiation damages the DNA of cells so that the cells can no longer multiply. It does this damage almost immediately -- that means it can only damage the DNA of cells that exist at the time of treatment. It can't do anything to new tissue consisting of cells that grew after the RT.
If someone is thinking of having some two kinds of procedures: RT and some kind of invasive or surgical procedure, it would make sense to have the RT done last.
I'm guessing you would not visit a chiropractor again. A podiatrist (foot doctor) would probably be my first choice for foot care. Unlike chiropractors, they are not an "alternative" practitioner, and they are specialized for the foot.
One thing that a podiatrist can do to ease pain is make a custom foam insert for your shoe. It's not expensive. It helps distribute the pressure applied to your foot when you stand and walk.