Health Tip: Take Care of Yourself During Radiation Therapy

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(HealthDay News) -- Radiation therapy to help fight cancer may be physically and emotionally draining.

It's important to get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy and balanced diet and to stay as healthy as possible during your treatments.

The American Cancer Society recommends:

  • Get enough sleep. This may include naps during the day, as fatigue can be a major side effect of radiation that can last up to six weeks after treatments end.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Discuss your diet with your medical team, particularly if you are having side effects that make it difficult to eat.
  • Clean the skin affected by radiation with a mild soap. Do not use any other products to clean the skin without your doctor's approval.
  • Tell your medical team about all medicines and supplements you take.

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2 Comments

Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:53 PM

Just a note:  for head and neck cancer the fatigue effect can last much, much longer than six weeks.  It's not uncommon for people to be tired for a year.

Susan

Fri Jul 20, 2018 03:49 AM

you  got that right and  also look out 4 speech,  eating  , weight , and  loss of appetite ,,problems ,,,,then  tingling on arms or whever the radiation was directed nd spread out , just like cancer  ,, it will numb our arm ,,or other  for a very long time if it ever gives up ,,as mine has not yt  since my treatment 2 yrs . ago ...e

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