Radiation therapy is a powerful tool to help shrink and/or eradicate cancer. Similar to chemotherapy treatment, patients recieve a series of treatments that, unfortunately, come with their specific side effects. I wrote this post to explain the concepts I review with patients as preparation for their treatment.
This is the first post of a three-part series of my Top 5 Tips for Radiation:
- You will have to go for an initial visit for simulation, where the radiation oncologist measures and marks the area that needs to be treated.
- Know the kind of radiation that you are getting and how many sessions.
- Know the side effects. Depending on the location, some patients may have skin irritation, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, and mouth sores.
- If you have problems with closed space, you may need a medication to help ease anxiety.
- Wear comfortable clothing that will cover the area being treated. It should not be exposed to the sun.
Continue reading the Top 5 Tips During Radiation.