Total body irradiation is a type of radiation therapy that is given to the entire body. It is often used alongside high-dose anticancer drugs to help prepare a patient for bone marrow transplantation. It is a treatment for lymphoma, leukemia, myeloma. It kills off leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma cells in the bone marrow and helps make room in the patient’s bone marrow for new blood stem cells to grow. TBI also suppresses the immune system to prevent rejection of the transplanted stem cells.
Alinearaccelerator machine delivers TBI therapy. This machine produces a high-energy radiation beam directed at entire body during treatment, and this energy is invisible, tasteless, odorless, and mute.
TBI may have specific short-term side effects that can be treated or managed with medication.
The following are the temporary side effects:
Authored by Dr K Srinivas Rao - Best Radiation Oncologist in Nallagandla, Hyderabad