Radiation - abdomen - discharge
When you have radiation treatment for cancer, your body goes through changes.
Two weeks after radiation treatment starts, you might notice changes in your skin. Most of these symptoms go away after your treatments have stopped.
Your body hair will fall out after about 2 weeks, but only in the area being treated. When your hair grows back, it may be different than before.
Around the second or third week after radiation treatments start, you may have:
When you have radiation treatment, colored markings are drawn on your skin. Do not remove them. These show your radiologist where to aim the radiation. If they come off, do not redraw them. Tell your doctor.
To take care of the treatment area:
Tell your doctor or nurse if you have any break or opening in your skin.
Wear loose-fitting clothing around your stomach and pelvis
You will likely feel tired after a few weeks. If so:
Ask your doctor before taking any drugs or other remedies for an upset stomach.
Do not eat for 4 hours before your treatment. If, just before your treatment, your stomach feels upset:
If your stomach is upset right after radiation treatment:
For an upset stomach:
To help with diarrhea:
Eat enough protein and calories to keep your weight up.
National Cancer Institute. Radiation therapy and you: support for people with cancer. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/radiation-therapy-and-you. Accessed May 7, 2014.
Perry MC. Approach to the patient with cancer. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 182.
Updated by: Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Wellington, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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