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Dr. Roger M. Macklis, M.D.

Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Roger Macklis practices Radiation Oncology in Cleveland, OH. Radiation oncology is a medical specialty that involves treating cancer with radiation. Dr. Macklis specializes in treating cancer with radiation, using radiation therapy to treat a wide variety of cancers. Radiation therapy uses carefully targeted and regulated doses of high-energy radiation to kill cancer cells.
36 years Experience
Dr. Roger M. Macklis, M.D.
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma
  • Accepting new patients

How long does a radiation therapy treatment usually last?

Depends on tumor type and stage and what other treatments are anticipated. For sensitive. Diseases like lymphoma it may be just 3 weeks after chemo but for less sensitive tumors READ MORE
Depends on tumor type and stage and what other treatments are anticipated. For sensitive. Diseases like lymphoma it may be just 3 weeks after chemo but for less sensitive tumors it may be as much as 7 weeks. Some newer technologies now are being investigated with only 1-5 treatments but this is only for specific situations.

My skin looks burnt after a radiation therapy session?

Most people don’t show skin changes for at least a week, but there is significant variability. I would check with your MD.

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Is there something to be applied to the rest of the body during a radiation therapy?

There are various skin creams which can help, but they generally cannot be applied to the skin within 4-6 hours of treatment. We generally tell patients to either apply them right READ MORE
There are various skin creams which can help, but they generally cannot be applied to the skin within 4-6 hours of treatment. We generally tell patients to either apply them right after treatment and then 1-2 more times before bedtime or else for afternoon treatments apply them first thing in the morning and then not again until after time of treatment. For other organs besides the skin, there are various experimental treatments that may help recover from radiation side effects. Ask your radiation doctor what they suggest.

Roger Macklis

What are the symptoms of mouth cancer?

No healing sore or enlarging bleeding pimple usually with pain. If there are also neck lumps, that may suggest lymph node involvement.
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Will someone need to drive me home after radiation therapy?

Most patients tolerate breast radiotherapy just fine. You can expect some redness of skin and fatigue. 5% or so get enough skin breakdown that they need to be given strong pain READ MORE
Most patients tolerate breast radiotherapy just fine. You can expect some redness of skin and fatigue. 5% or so get enough skin breakdown that they need to be given strong pain meds for a couple of weeks. Everybody feels fatigued and that may persist for 2-3 weeks after treatment is done. Most women drive themselves but a driver sometimes helps to keep spirits up which is always good.