Radiation, How Does It Affect My Immune System

In this video, Dr. Afshin Forouzannia explains what radiation does to the immune system.

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Afshin Forouzannia, MD: Fortunately, radiation treatments do not impact the immune system very much.

The immune system is often determined by your bone marrow and how the bone marrow is affected and with radiation treatments, the volume or amount of bone marrow that gets hit with radiation is very very minimal

So patients can expect minimal impact on their immune systems and they really should not be at much greater risk of developing any particular infection just because they are going through radiation treatments.

Dr. Afshin Forouzannia is a board certified Radiation Oncologist and joined Valley Radiotherapy Associates Medical Group in 2007.  He received his B.A. from Michigan State University in 1994 and completed medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Michigan in 1998.  For the final two years of his residency at the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Forouzannia acted as chief resident and has been an instructor for several medical school courses at the University of Wisconsin. He has had extensive experience with breast brachytherapy during his residency and his areas of clinical expertise include Brachytherapy, Breast, GYN and Prostate.

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