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Radiation Therapy: Putting It All Together

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 12:32

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to radiation therapy.

  • Radiation therapy involves the use of high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells.
  • New advances have made radiation therapy safer and more effective than ever.
  • External radiation treatments are scheduled four or five days a week for several weeks. You must complete all sessions to achieve the best result.
  • Internal radiation therapy is now being used for more types of cancer.
  • If you experience side effects, tell your doctor or nurse right away.
  • Take good care of yourself by resting when you can and eating properly.
  • Seek the counsel of a friend, family member, or healthcare professional if you feel emotionally overwhelmed.
  • Skin in the treated area may become sensitive and easily irritated.

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