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Thursday, 28 April 2022 14:11

What are the effects of radiation therapy?

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Radiotherapy treatments are painless, but complications may occur both during and after the treatment. People who treat cancer through radiation can develop radiation dermatitis, fatigue and bad mood, loss of appetite or nausea. How can patients prevent these effects?Radiotherapy treatments are painless, but complications may occur both during and after the treatment. People who treat cancer through radiation can develop radiation dermatitis, fatigue and bad mood, loss of appetite or nausea. How can patients prevent these effects?

 

Radiation dermatitis.Radiation dermatitis.It is caused by the skin being exposed to too much ionizing radiation. It is a single, high dose as well as small doses, repeated many times, which, individually, would not cause inflammation. Radiation dermatitis, depending on its severity, causes:- redness, irritation, dryness, burning, itching- hair removal- dry or serous exfoliation of the epidermis- swelling, ulceration and pain.

To prevent radiation dermatitis:

1. Use products, which consists of linseed oil. The basis of its structure are EFAs, as it consists of over 50% linolenic acid (omega-3), 15% linoleic acid (omega-6), and 15% oleic acid (omega-9). In addition, it contains vitamin E (tocopherol), which is an antioxidant. The composition of this soothing preparation has been supplemented with allantoin, which is a derivative of uric acid. Thanks to the synergistic action of ingredients, it not only lubricates the skin, but also creates a protective filter that protects against water loss and the effects of external factors. As a result, it reduces dryness, redness, irritation and itching, as well as peeling and cracking of the epidermis.

2. Follow the recommendations for everyday life. Skin injuries should be avoided, as the skin is weakened and heals less after radiotherapy. In order for the skin to "breathe" and to avoid chafing in the folds of the skin, it is recommended to wear the lightest and airy clothes made of natural materials (cotton, silk). Skin abrasions can be caused by a bra or too tight clothes. In addition, avoid the sun, and if you fail to do so, use sunscreen.

Fatigue and bad mood.

A person undergoing radiation therapy uses a lot of energy to recover. Fatigue is caused by stress related to cancer, frequent treatments, and the effect of radiation on healthy cells. During treatment, many patients can go to work, run a house and spend their free time actively. However, if someone feels tired, they should cut back on their activity and get more rest.

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