Post Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy uses high energy rays to shrink, slow down growth, or control symptoms of cancer. It destroys cancer cells in the target area of the body and also affects some of the nearby normal cells. Although radiotherapy treatment aims to make patient feel better, but there can be few side effects of it like:Palliative Care Post Radiotherapy

  • Damage to normal cells around the cancer
  • Anemia
  • Increased tiredness and weakness during and after the treatment
  • Feeling of sickness
  • Soreness especially during swallowing
  • Sore skin
  • Loss of hair in the treatment area
  • Change in skin colour of the treatment area
  • Mouth dryness
  • Breathing problems
  • Infertility
  • Low sex drive
  • Erection problems
  • Pain
  • Bowel changes
  • Bladder inflammation

Palliative Care Post-radiotherapy

Radiotherapy is an important part of cancer treatment. It is generally well-tolerated by patients but some may develop its side effects symptoms. These symptoms are majorly because of the effect of radiation on healthy cells as body tends to repair them as soon as possible and in return causes some symptoms like weakness, fatigue etc. These symptoms can be managed by palliative care team that includes:

  • Specialist palliative care physician
  • Palliative care nurse specialists
  • Counsellors
  • Community nurses
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Social workers
  • Care workers
  • Spiritual care professionals

Goals of Palliative Care Post-radiotherapy

  • Improve quality of life of patient as well as of the family
  • Provide a support system to the patient as well as to the family
  • Keep patient and his family members well-informed about the possible side effects of radiotherapy and how they can be managed
  • Give psychological, social, spiritual and practical support to the patient
  • Facilitate good communication between patient, family and the radiotherapist

Advantages of Palliative Care Post-radiotherapy

  • Provides relief from pain and other distressing side-effects of radiotherapy
  • Supports life of patients undergoing radiotherapy by giving them courage and listening to their sufferings
  • Combines psychological and spiritual aspects of care to give best possible life to the patient
  • Manages emotional and social needs, including anxiety, depression, and relationship issues
  • Helps patient live as actively as possible until death
  • Understands and works as a team to address the needs of patient and their families