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Too much radiation during radiation therapy can cause leukemia

Posted on June 19, 2015 3:29 pm under Medical Malpractice

Exposure to an unsafe level of radiation during radiation therapy may result in second malignancy, or a cancer different to the ones treated by the radiation. According the American Cancer Society, most types of leukemia result from exposure to an unsafe level of radiation during treatment.

Leukemia caused by radiation treatment may develop five to nine years after the exposure. The risk of leukemia as a second malignancy increases depending on these factors:

  • The amount of radiation that reached the bone marrow
  • The extent of the bone marrow affected by the radiation
  • The amount of the radiation dose
  • The length of exposure
  • The frequency of the radiation dose

If you have suffered adversely due to a flawed radiation treatment, our team of medical malpractice lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® may be able to help you seek financial compensation from those responsible. Call our Wisconsin office at (414) 271-0900 and have your case assessed at no cost.