Physical and psychosocial problems of radiation therapy

They may also need to accept that you may not be able to get in the mood for some time. These experts include psychiatrists, psychologists, advanced practice clinicians, and social workers.

Brachytherapy, or seed implants, also impact sexual function. Journal of Affective Disorders. There are three groups of radiogenic therapy: For cervical cancers, the patient may be sedated.

Cognitive appraisal was not a significant explanatory variable for adjustment when controlling for uncertainty, cancer stage, age, and symptom distress.

Trismus - Literature is limited but a variety of jaw-opening devices are available to help treat trismus. However some cancer survivors who did not have chemotherapy also report similar problems. Remember how we said external radiation is like a flashlight? Hair follicles and sebaceous glands are damaged and may result in hair loss, pruritis, desquamation, dyspigmentation and scaling due to damage of the hair follicles Grade 2: Feelings of uncertainty, hopelessness, and symptom severity significantly predicted problems in adjustment during radiation treatment in a study of 55 patients with mixed cancer diagnoses Christman, Integumentary Radiation Dermatitis - common since it is involved in most radiation therapy Acute Grade 1: After we are finished the planning, you will be ready to start.

More generally, the article presents information on the general background, screening guidelines, common side effects of treatment, and current psychiatric and psychological management strategies in prostate cancer.

Although some studies have reported steady improvement in QOL in the month after radiation therapy Deshields, et al. If you have vaginal dryness or tightness, try a water based lubricant, vaginal moisturiser or cream during sex. Medical caregivers should have a low threshold for identification of these problems as well as referral to mental health practitioners.

We also believe the state-of-the-art treatment will provide more specialized services to help patients with the psychiatric issues and side effects of treatment for prostate cancer. In men who are healthy enough to endure treatment, surgery prostatectomy has historically been thought of as the definitive treatment.

Plexopathy - results from damage to the brachial and lumbar plexuses. Can they affect how well the radiation works? Oncology Huntington ;18 3: There are also support groups available specifically for men with prostate cancer. Sexuality and intimacy Cancer and its treatment may affect your sexuality and intimacy in physical and emotional ways.

Differences of professional opinion often make it difficult on the patients, creating uncertainty about their upcoming treatment and future prognosis. How long does one treatment take? Eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and wholegrains.

Assessment of these problems is not easy, particularly in distinguishing between physical and psychological etiologies of distress. Hormone therapy Hormone therapy—or androgen deprivation therapy—used for treatment of prostate cancer to prevent the cancer from growing will often affect erectile function.

It is important to note that the brachytherapy patients still reported a significant decline in sexual function from their baseline scores.

A population study of the association between sexual function, sexual satisfaction and depressive symptoms in men.Thirty-eight patients treated for primary breast cancer as part of a prospective randomized clinical trial were questioned retrospectively as to their psychosocial adaptation to treatment.

Twenty patients had received mastectomy and eighteen had received excisional biopsy plus radiation of the intact breast.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Some cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy may increase a person's risk of developing a different types of cancer later in life. Here we discuss the risk of second cancers that may be linked to past cancer treatment. Skin problems: Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can leave skin dry, itchy, peeling or red.

Lotions, skin protection and other steps can help. Lotions, skin protection and other steps can help. Sleep problems: Difficulty sleeping is common among cancer patients. Radiation therapy often causes redness, dryness, itching and fragile skin in the treatment area.

Psychological and Physical Problems

Some of these skin changes can be permanent. 4 Complications of these changes include decreased sensation and increased risk of infection. Second Cancers Caused by Cancer Treatment Some cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy may increase a person's risk of developing a different types of cancer later in life.

Here we discuss the risk of second cancers that may be linked to past cancer treatment. Cancer treatments and cancer can cause side effects. Side effects are problems that occur when treatment affects healthy tissues or organs. Speak up about any side effects you have, or changes you notice, so your health care team can treat or help you to reduce these side effects.

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