The Radiation Elephant in the Room: Patients share that they want to do any treatments they can to save their lives, but often aren’t prepared to deal with the after-effects of treatment such as radiation. Radiation therapy has a significant impact on the body. It’s difficult to discuss, but it’s an important aspect of treatment that should be known and discussed. In many cases, patients feel the focus is very heavy on cancer treatment, but they want support after the treatments.
- What is radiation therapy in relation to GYN Cancer?
- What are the long-term effects of radiation to the body, particularly to bowel, bladder, and sexual function?
Here are some helpful links:
Radiation Effects – General Explanation:
Research Abstract: Late symptoms in long-term gynecological cancer survivors after radiation therapy:
“Gynaecological cancer survivors previously treated with pelvic radiation report a higher occurrence of symptoms from the urinary and gastrointestinal tract as well as lymph oedema, sexual dysfunction and pelvic pain compared with non-irradiated control women. Health-care providers need to actively ask patients about specific symptoms in order to provide proper diagnostic investigations and management.”
** There are numerous organization dedicated to helping patients diagnosed with GYN Cancers. Please share comments regarding these organizations and this will be included in future posts.