After Radiation Therapy
Once the treatment
begins, increased surveillance is necessary. Monitoring throughout the duration of the therapy will be provided
by your health care provider. This is important to evaluate the therapy, and determine the reaction of your body
to the treatment. Depending on the results, your doctor can continue or discontinue the treatment, or change the
absence of contraindications, you will be scheduled to see your doctor about once a week throughout the
treatment. It is important to keep all appointments with your doctor or radiotherapist.
What happens during the consultation,
especially the first one?
the first consultation, you will be informed of all the technical details of the radiotherapy and its potential
side effects. You'll also be told the lifestyle to adopt: drink plenty of fluids, avoid prolonged sun exposure,
avoid cigarette smoke, adopt a healthy lifestyle, etc. Your doctor will do a physical exam to assess your body.
A psychological evaluation may also be performed to assess your state of mind.
the therapy seems to be successful, regular consultations will be recommended. The goal of other consultations
support you to help you cope with the cancer and therapy
- talk to
you about a dietary plan to adopt during the therapy
your body responds to the treatment - occurrence of side effects or complications
side effects, with the clinical symptoms, biological or radiological examinations
the clinical tolerance in general: weight gain, examination of your skin, presence of fatigue,
important to avoid prolonged sun exposure during radiation therapy and even years that follow it. The
irradiation of any part of the body can cause skin reactions. Rays of sunlight tend to exacerbate these side
effects and cause major skin disorders, including skin cancer. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to not
expose the irradiated regions to the sun. It is not, however, forbidden to enjoy outdoor activities during
radiation therapy; you simply must protect yourself from the sun:
wear broad brimmed hat that covers your head, face, ears and neck;
- at least
20 minutes before exposure to the sun, use sunscreen of good quality (SPF of at least 15) on your ears,
your chin and your neck even when you wear a hat or long clothing; sunscreen helps protect you against the
sun's rays by absorbing or blocking the UV rays (remember to ask your doctor if you can use sunscreen).
outdoor activities between 11 am and 16 pm; sun's rays can be carcinogenic during this
- When you
are outdoors during sunshine, find or create shady to stay; for example, you can stay under a tree or use
Wear clothes that cover your arms and legs: pants, long-sleeved shirts/t-shirts, long skirts, etc.