Supportive Care in Radiotherapy

Supportive Care in Radiotherapy

By Sara Faithfull, BSc (HONS), MSc PhD RGN Onc Cert ILTM, Lecturer in Cancer Care, The Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care Studies, Institute of Cancer Research Sutton, Surrey, UK; and Mary Wells, BSc (HONS) MSc RGN Onc Cert, Clinical Research Fellow, Dundee Teaching Hospital, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK


The context of radiotherapy care. Challenges to radiotherapy today. The treatment trajectory. After treatment is over. The radiobiological basis of radiation side effects. Assessing the impact of radiotherapy Fatigue with radiotherapy. Radiation skin reactions. Pain and breathing problemsOropharyngeal effects of radiotherapy. The effects of radiotherapy on nutritional status. Urinary symptoms and radiotherapy. Gastrointestinal effects of radiotherapy. Late toxicity: neurological and brachial plexus injury. Lymphoedema. Sexuality and fertility . Body image.Late toxicity: bone problems. Other late effects. The future of supportive care in radiotherapy. Index.