effects you have. Your radiation nurse can give you specific information on
how to manage those side effects.
Skin reactions are common during radiation therapy. Please follow these skin
care instructions while you are receiving radiation treatment.
- Wash your skin in the treatment area with warm water and an
- unscented moisturizing soap once a day. Be gentle—do not scrub.
- If you bathe, limit baths to two times a week. Bathe for less than 30
- Pat your skin dry.
- Don’t use heating pads, ice packs or bandages on the area getting
- Don’t use tanning beds.
- Use moisturizer two to three times a day. Consult your nurse on which
- moisturizers work best. Avoids oils or oil-based products.
- Do not use anything on the skin in the treatment area (e.g., after-shave
- lotion, perfume, makeup or deodorant).
- Only use an electric razor in the treatment area.
- Wear loose clothing to avoid friction or tightness in the treatment area.
- Wear clothes made of soft fabrics like cotton.
- Protect your skin from the sun.
- Apply sunscreen to your skin before you go outside. Be sure to wash
- sunscreen off prior to treatment.
Fatigue is a common side effect of radiation therapy regardless of which part of the body is treated. Your body is working very hard to heal and repair itself, so be sure to get plenty of sleep at night. You may also need to go to bed earlier or take a nap during the day. Let family members and friends help with daily chores. Sometimes light exercise, like walking, can help you feel less tired. Ask your doctor or nurse about starting an exercise program.
Changes in Appetite
You may notice changes in your appetite during your radiation treatment. It is very important that you eat well to help lessen the side effects of cancer therapy. Eat foods that are high in protein and calories to maintain your weight and strength. You should always check with your doctor or nurse before taking vitamins or other supplements.