Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer (cont.)
In this Article
- When is radiation therapy given in treating breast cancer?
- What happens on treatment days?
- How will the radiation therapist know I am in the correct position?
- Why are there marks on my skin?
- Will my diet make a difference on the effect of my treatment?
- What side effects will I have?
- How can I reduce skin reactions?
- Will radiation therapy make me tired?
- Who can I contact if I have personal concerns about my treatment?
- What about follow-up care?
- Find a local Oncologist in your town
Generally, a social worker will be available to help you during your course of treatment.
The social worker can discuss any emotional issues or other concerns about your treatment or your personal situation. The social worker can also discuss housing or transportation needs or appropriate resources if necessary.
People dealing with certain medical issues often find it helpful to share experiences with others in the same situation. Your physician can provide a list of support groups if you are interested. Your social worker can provide additional information about more support groups that may be of value to you.
After your radiation therapy sessions are complete, you will visit your doctor for periodic follow-up exams and diagnostic X-rays. Your doctor will tell you how often to schedule your follow-up appointments.
Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center. Edited by Charlotte E. Grayson, MD, WebMD, February 2004. Portions of this page © The Cleveland Clinic 2000-2004
Last Editorial Review: 1/31/2005 4:22:13 AM
Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center.
Edited by Charlotte E. Grayson, MD, WebMD, February 2004.
Portions of this page © The Cleveland Clinic 2000-2004
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