Cancer radiotherapy side effects
- Cancer Radiotherapy: In radiation or radiotherapy process the cancerous cells are damaged by using a high effective ray. In this method a careful surveillance is given onto the preservation of the healthy tissues that are situated nearby. Cancer radiotherapy is applied on to a wide number of patients affected with different types of cancers. But in this process a patient is also not devoid of suffering from a few side effects, though many of them get deduced with time and having permanent side effects are less commonly noticed till date. But the nature and development of side effects could vary greatly since two persons diagnosed with the same type of cancer might grow different side effects after receiving cancer radiotherapy treatment.
- Appetite loss: Most of the patients who are being treated with cancer radiotherapy often complain of losing interests in food after having one or two sessions of radiation therapy though it is highly prescribed by the doctors and specialists that a patient who is undergoing a cancer radiotherapy process must follow a healthy diet on a regular basis because not only does it help you put up with the physical exhaustion caused by radiation but it also makes your body prepare to undergo the approaching sessions of radiation therapy. But if the rays are being projected on major body parts like tongue, mouth or pancreas then eventually a patients find it hard to consume food normally. In such cases liquid foods like milk, honey, yoghurt, soups could be could be supplemented to the patient in order to keep his or her body weight moderate.
- Fatigue and exhaustion: The process of cancer radiotherapy is indeed a highly effective process in which a person needs to have plenty of energy in order to bear the side effect consequences. But it has been seen that to some people this is a very normal process by which their level of energy is hardly getting affected while the rest feel massive fatigue and exhaustion in after radiation treatment. But in most of the cases patients inform about regaining their energy as they approach towards the end of the cancer radiotherapy sessions gradually. But a patient undergoing a radiation therapy is generally prescribed of sleeping more and not taking immense work pressure. The patients who are professionals are supposed to take leave for a month or so during and even after their cancer radiotherapy sessions.
- Problems of skin: A fair number of patients often complain of developing itchy and rough skins in the areas on to which the rays are applied. Sometimes it gets even worse when one experiences massive peeling and development of red sores on the affected part of the body. In external cancer radiotherapy process the skins get damaged in this way while the internal radiation process is much less hazardous. If a patient develops such skin diseases during or after their radiation, then a special type of outfit or dressing is generally provided by the specialists. However, a patient having such skin problems must not keep their affected body parts bare under the sun light.
- Dental, facial and chest problems: In cancer radiotherapy process a person often faces several problems concerning their denture especially if the rays are projected in the inner walls of the mouth and tongue. In such cases a patient is generally advised to consult with his or her dental surgeon before appearing for their radiation sessions because it has been seen that teeth are prone to get decayed after a number of radiation process in the oral areas of a patients. Neck, throat, chest and different parts of a face are often treated with radiation process if diagnosed with cancerous cells and as a result of it a person often faces huge difficulties while munching or swallowing foods. Sores on the inner walls of the throat, dryness of the mouth followed by hoarse voice development are the common side effects.
- Loss of hair: If radiation rays are applied on to any hairy area of your body then it is more likely to result in loss of hair in that region. This is often observed in case of development of cancerous cells in face, scalp and so on. But the rate of loss of hair is dependent on the amount of dose that is being inserted into your body. But if rays are given to any parts in your face then you might start losing hair from your scalp as the ray passes through the skull.