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You are scheduled to receive radiation treatments designed specifically for you. Your treatment plan will be:_____________________________________________________.
The following guidelines will help you take an active part in your radiation therapy.
You may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal cramping. Call your nurse or doctor if you have any of these symptoms. A diet may be recommended and medication may be prescribed to help minimize your discomfort.
You may notice changes in your appetite. Liquids and foods may not taste the same, and you may not feel as hungry.
You may feel more tired than usual.
Temporary skin reactions may occur. Usually these include redness, dryness, scaling, and itching of the treated area.
Permanent skin changes include increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. If the area being treated is exposed to the sun, apply sunscreen routinely to the treatment site whenever you are outdoors for more than 10 minutes during the summer or winter. A PABA-free sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 should be used. Since the area being treated will be more sensitive than the rest of your skin, protect the area from sun exposure after your treatment ends.
Tell your nurse or doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
Call immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:
Reviewed January 2013